The United Nations, its International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and a motley assortment of tyrants are frantically working to calm growing worldwide fears over the planetary body’s controversial bid to regulate the Internet and potentially even smash free speech online at an ongoing treaty-writing conference in Dubai. With global opposition to the schemes exploding, however, documents show the UN is using a “public relations” strategy to disseminate taxpayer-funded propaganda attacking critics of its secretive summit aimed at seizing control of the World Wide Web.
While the ITU and a broad coalition of brutal dictatorships hoping to clamp down on online freedom claim the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) is mostly about connecting poor people to the Internet and tinkering with mundane treaties, experts and analysts know better. In fact, more than 1,000 organizations from over 150 countries have spoken out against the scheming going on among UN member governments — mostly tyrants including more than a few Islamist regimes and communist autocracies — largely behind closed doors.
"So long as the ITU and other similarly intentioned organizations such as WIPO remain immune from national and even international laws, they will be able to continue to act with impunity against individuals and their interests around the world, to do the bidding of a small clique of member states that are offended or threatened by the openness and independence that the Internet in its current form fosters and encourages,” said Geneva-based international attorney Edward Flaherty, a senior partner with Schwab, Flaherty & Associates who has litigated extensively against what he calls "systemically corrupt UN organizations" such as the ITU.
If the planetary agency and the alliance of dictatorial member regimes seeking control of the Internet get their way, it will not be good for the world, but there will still be hope. “Should ITU succeed, individual freedom in every country around the world will be substantially threatened," Flaherty told The New American. "If the latest ITU’s efforts do succeed, it will be left to the entrepreneurs of the world to develop a new Internet that will overcome the restrictions that are sure to be imposed by the ITU — but I am confident they will succeed tremendously."
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