More "Krap From Kofi"..............

John blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Thu Feb 24 20:36:33 MST 2005

U.N. to control use of Internet?
Developing countries want global body to govern cyberspace
Posted: February 22, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2005

Leaders of a U.N. Internet panel yesterday said they hope to set
up a global system where cyberspace would be under the control of
the United Nations.

The committee, which was set up in December 2003, is laying the
groundwork for the U.N.-sponsored World Summit on the Information
Society where a final decision on the control of the Net will be
determined, stated a Reuters report. The summit will take place
Tunis in November.

The panel is considering such problems as cyber-crime and e-mail

ICANN, the International Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers, currently is the most recognizable
Internet governing body, but developing countries want a U.N.
agency, such as the International Telecommunication Union, to have
control over domain names and other issues.

"There is an issue that is out there and that needs to be
resolved," Nitin Desai, chairman of the panel and special adviser
to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, told Reuters.

Incorporated in 1998, ICANN oversees management of the Internet's
addressing system, which matches numerical addresses to website
addresses. Critics claim ICANN is subject to U.S. political

According to the report, developing countries see the
International Telecommunication Union, a 138-year-old trade body
that among other things established country code rules for
international telephone calls, as better able to deal with
Internet governance.

At the first World Summit on the Information Society in 2003,
French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin called for
international rules to govern the Net.

"The information society offers new opportunities, but like all
new technological revolutions it also brings uncertainty,"
Raffarin said. "It calls on us to establish international rules,
which citizens can rely on."

At the time, China was leading efforts to globalize Internet
control. Beijing allows its own citizens online access, but only
with government surveillance. China was joined in its efforts by
representatives of Syria, Egypt, Vietnam and South Africa.

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