Friday, December 17, 2010

The Internet, the UN, and the Dumbest People in the World

Vin Cerf had a piece today on Google Policy. Vint states:

The beauty of the Internet is that it’s not controlled by any one group. Its governance is bottoms-up—with academics, non-profits, companies and governments all working to improve this technological wonder of the modern world. This model has not only made the Internet very open—a testbed for innovation by anyone, anywhere—it's also prevented vested interests from taking control.

But last week the UN Committee on Science and Technology announced that only governments would be able to sit on a working group set up to examine improvements to the IGF—one of the Internet’s most important discussion forums. This move has been condemned by the Internet Governance Caucus, the Internet Society (ISOC), the International Chamber of Commerce and numerous other organizations—who have published a joint letter (PDF) and launched an online petition to mobilize opposition. Today, I have signed that petition on Google’s behalf because we don’t believe governments should be allowed to grant themselves a monopoly on Internet governance. The current bottoms-up, open approach works—protecting users from vested interests and enabling rapid innovation. Let’s fight to keep it that way. 

Now, simply stated, the morons at the UN want their political hacks to oversee the Internet. Why, for the most part, these characters cannot even start their own PCs. For those of us in New York who have had to deal with these parking scoff laws for the past 65 years, why don't they just go away! And what has the US erstwhile Ambassador to the UN done or said? Why, well what did you expect, nothing.

If the Net Neutrality wing nuts don't see a problem here, wow!

Well, Merry Christmas....from New York....