17 November 2005

I don’t know if you’ve heard about this story, but there has been a movement in the United Nations to wrest control of the internet root servers away from the US-based ICANN or Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The organization is the genius behind the way the internet is currnetly set up. Certain factions of the United Nations want to put governance of ICANN under the auspices of the United Nations.

“Why?” you ask? well, that’s a good question… let’s see who is actually voting for this… China, Cuba, Tunesia, an several other Tin Pot dictators. Hmmmmmm… why would authoritarian states want to control the greatest enabler of freedom and information the world has ever known? I don’t know… because allows their population to share unfetered, uncensored truth with the rest of the world and allows them to see that their leaders are angry desperate men and footnotes in the history of the world.

The greatest growth accelerant of the internet has been limited government involvement. If that changes, if the forces of fascism and censorship are allowed to gain control, I don’t believe it’s overstating to say that nothing short of the freedom of the entire world is at stake.