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United Nations Wants Control of Web Kill Switch

Written by Claire Connelly
Published on Monday, November 12th, 2012
Globalist Report

International Telecommunications UnionAN unfettered internet, free of political control and available to everyone could be relegated to cyber-history under a contentious proposal by a little known United Nations body

Experts claim that Australians could see political and religious websites disappear if the Federal Government backs a plan to hand control over the internet to the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

A draft of the proposal, formulated in secret and only recently posted on the ITU website for public perusal, reveal that if accepted, the changes would allow government restriction or blocking of information disseminated via the internet and create a global regime of monitoring internet communications – including the demand that those who send and receive information identify themselves.

It would also allow governments to shut down the internet if there is the belief that it may interfere in the internal affairs of other states or that information of a sensitive nature might be shared.

Telecommunications ministers from 193 countries will meet behind closed doors in Dubai next month to discuss the proposal, with Australia’s Senator Stephen Conroy among them.

THE move has sparked a ferocious, under-the-radar diplomatic war between a powerful bloc of nations, led by China and Russia, who want to exert greater controls on the net and western democracies determined to preserve the free-wheeling, open architecture of the World Wide Web.

privacy under attack on the internetThe battle for control has also seen a cartel of telco corporations join forces to support amended pricing regulations changes which critics warn will pave the way for significant increases in the cost of day-to-day internet use, including email and social media.

While Senator Conroy said this morning he would not be supporting any changes to the current arrangements, the decisions made by other powers could also have a huge impact on Australian web users.

Simon Breheny, Director of independent think-tank, The Legal Rights Project, told News Ltd that Australia would end up with a “lowest-common-denominator situation” whereby what Australians could view on the internet could be controlled by dominant member countries.

If we sign it, it will mean we won’t have the freedoms we have no regarding commerce and sharing of ideas, he said. That’s the greatest concern – rather than going beyond commerce, it comes into the field of sharing political and religious ideas.

In a show of unity, civil rights groups, big communications corporations including Google and international labour unions are to meet in London today to launch a global campaign and petition titled Stop the Net Grab.

Led by the International Trade Union Confederation, it will appeal to the UN and ITU itself to immediately open the plan for global debate and demanding a delay of any decision until all stakeholders – not just governments are given a voice.

Two influential Australians are at the centre of the move – Dr Paul Twomey and Sharran Burrow.

They will be joined to launch the campaign by Vinton Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet and now chief Google evangelist.

Ms Burrow, the General Secretary of the International Trade Union ConfederationMs Burrow, the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, warned urgent global action is now needed as the “internet as we know it” comes under very real threat.

“Unless we act now, our right to freely communicate and share information could change forever. A group of big telecommunications corporations have joined with countries including China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia that already impose heavy restriction on internet freedoms,” she said.

“So far, the proposal has flown under the radar but its implications are extremely serious. Governments and big companies the world over may end up with the right not only to restrict the internet and monitor everything you do online but to charge users for services such as email and Skype.”

Dr Twomey is former CEO of the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the US body that governs domain names and addresses, and he ed the Australian Government’s National Office for the Information Economy.

He warned that as the internet enters its third decade in mass use, the need to defend its founding open model is more urgent than ever.

“The ongoing disputes about control have also been compounded by concern in national security and political elites in the wake of recent events such as the Arab Spring and London Riots where social media were key tools,”

“And there is the accelerating pace of cyber espionage, targeting North American and other developed countries intellectual propertyas well as the global rise of hacktivism.

“The danger is that there is now a growing likelihood of the interests of more traditional forces for Internet control overlapping with, and even seeking further to align with, national security and law enforcement agenda.”

Credit:  News.com.au

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.m.appleby Peter Michael Appleby

    We,The people ,need a kill switch against the self appointed UN! (Oh,Dear,Now I am a “Thought Criminal”)

  • Ooden

    ===OOOO===

    Claire ….you are to be highly commended for
    posting this new Article. The article really is a “Bomb Shell”
    revelation, one that is guaranteed sparse coverage by the
    “brain-dead” multi-Media.

    That explains why our government “Dumps
    Mandatory Internet Filtering Scheme….” They it seems, knew all along of
    this U.N.’s secret-agenda to profit, control and filter the WWW. Our
    globalist-government henchmen (and woman) are sly and shifty, …unknown to most
    Australians, they had already acted and participated as a Treaty-Signatory in
    the “ACTA” Internet-Control provisions in cohorts with other Nations.
    (See my Comment and relevant Video in; “Australian Government Dumps
    Mandatory Internet Filtering Scheme,” Globalist Report—Article posted on
    this site last week.

    Everywhere I go now, it be …Highways, Suburbs,
    Public Places, Transportation Systems, Airports, Shopping Malls and Centres, soon
    to be “UAV-Drones” surveillance, Government Departments, etc… —that experience
    endured; I feel accountable and watched. Not too long ago…. nothing like this
    existed.

    Many places it seems now, it be; Banks, Business
    houses, Telcos, Utilities and Energy Corporations, Internet Web-Sites Accounts,
    Business’ Account Registrations, Transactional procedures, Licensing data, Welfare
    registrations, Telephone Protocols (i.e., to conduct business,) …and many other
    relevant constituency I am sure I’ve missed… —it’s necessary to produce overwhelming sources and proofs of I.D..
    —There was a day and age, when Name, Address, Date of Birth, and sometimes
    “Next of Kin” was suffice. Not even a Tax-File Number was a
    requirement.

    And now… the Internet freedom is attacked. Loss of
    Free Speech, Security Impositions, Internet Tax levies (i.e., profits), Truth
    orientated-sources ..mainly circumventing brain-dead Multi-Medias, Unlimited
    & Warrant-less Tapping and Monitoring,
    Eventual Body-ID-Chip verification status, Potential Remote Scrutiny and Auditing
    of one’s Accounts, …the boundaries are limitless …if it be in the hands of the
    seemingly un-accountable U.N. (or any other Globalist Authority for that matter.)
    Of course, I cannot say as I did in the latter two points where things were
    relatively free, ….Nazi-Germany had a “Communications Watchdog,” ….China,
    Iran, ….and recently Egypt have prized themselves as well… to be: “Communications
    Watchdogs.” Globalists and Governments of “ill-repute” hate
    being exposed hence the “kill Switch” (to borrow Claire’s term.) And
    just think… sites like “Wiki-Leaks” will be utterly villified… yet
    they served as a necessary component to keep the “evil-doers” honest.

    We should be terrified. They have terrible-ethic reputations
    un-beknownest to many of us.

    We should FEAR this planned agenda. Privacy and
    Freedom has in many ways ceased to exist in many parts of our World, …but this
    U.N. proposal gives it an immense and extraordinary capacity that I confess, I
    simply don’t entrust it should have. —We cannot simply vote or lobby these
    “lawmakers” out of the Legislative-processes if we have Objections, —
    they are the “Invincible” & “Untouchables.” The Power
    of One, will be at the expense of Many….

    Oh …how I wished I could turn the clock back 60
    years and make certain the nightmare never arose to its Power that it has
    attained now. Globalist, One World Government, One World Currency, One World
    Religion…. is all but arrived-here…. of course, all preparatory for our dynamic
    World Leader — He will fix everything …won’t He..?

    Andrew, May I have the privilege to send you from
    time to time profound articles that never seem to get addressed in the
    “mainstream…?” I have your email address too… if that’s okay..?

    Thanks for this Article-Post. :)

    ~Ooden

    Qld. Aust.

    ===OOOO===

    • http://www.theglobalistreport.com/ Andrew Puhanic

      Hey Ooden… Thanks for your post. I would be happy to review any articles you have discovered. The mainstream media here is Australia barely touch the ice-berg when it comes to reporting the news. In fact, considering that us Aussies get all of our news from 3 sources (Big Brother (ABC), Murdoch and the Packers), it’s no wonder there are so many sheeple floating around like zombies.

  • Anonymous

    ===OOOO===
    Claire ….you are to be highly commended for posting this new Article. The article really is a “Bomb Shell” revelation, one that is guaranteed sparse coverage by the “brain-dead” multi-Media.

    That explains why our government “Dumps Mandatory Internet Filtering Scheme….” They it seems, knew all along of this U.N.’s secret-agenda to profit, control and filter the WWW. Our globalist-government henchmen (and woman) are sly and shifty, …unknown to most Australians, they had already acted and participated as a Treaty-Signatory in the “ACTA” Internet-Control provisions in cohorts with other Nations. (See my Comment and relevant Video in; “Australian Government Dumps Mandatory Internet Filtering Scheme,” Globalist Report—Article posted on this site last week.

    Everywhere I go now, it be …Highways, Suburbs, Public Places, Transportation Systems, Airports, Shopping Malls and Centres, soon to be “UAV-Drones” surveillance, Government Departments, etc… —that experience endured; I feel accountable and watched. Not too long ago…. nothing like this existed.

    Many places it seems now, it be; Banks, Business houses, Telcos, Utilities and Energy Corporations, Internet Web-Sites Accounts, Business’ Account Registrations, Transactional procedures, Licensing data, Welfare registrations, Telephone Protocols (i.e., to conduct business,) …and many other relevant constituency I am sure I’ve missed… —it’s necessary to produce overwhelming sources and proofs of I.D.. —There was a day and age, when Name, Address, Date of Birth, and sometimes “Next of Kin” was suffice. Not even a Tax-File Number was a requirement.

    And now… the Internet freedom is attacked. Loss of Free Speech, Security Impositions, Internet Tax levies (i.e., profits), Truth orientated-sources ..mainly circumventing brain-dead Multi-Medias, Unlimited & Warrant-less Tapping and Monitoring, Eventual Body-ID-Chip verification status, Potential Remote Scrutiny and Auditing of one’s Accounts, …the boundaries are limitless …if it be in the hands of the seemingly un-accountable U.N. (or any other Globalist Authority for that matter.) Of course, I cannot say as I did in the latter two points where things were relatively free, ….Nazi-Germany had a “Communications Watchdog,” ….China, Iran, ….and recently Egypt have prized themselves as well… to be: “Communications Watchdogs.” Globalists and Governments of “ill-repute” hate being exposed hence the “kill Switch” (to borrow Claire’s term.) And just think… sites like “Wiki-Leaks” will be utterly villified… yet they served as a necessary component to keep the “evil-doers” honest.

    We should be terrified. They have terrible-ethic reputations un-beknownest to many of us.

    We should FEAR this planned agenda. Privacy and Freedom has in many ways ceased to exist in many parts of our World, …but this U.N. proposal gives it an immense and extraordinary capacity that I confess, I simply don’t entrust it should have. —We cannot simply vote or lobby these “lawmakers” out of the Legislative-processes if we have Objections, — they are the “Invincible” & “Untouchables.” The Power of One, will be at the expense of Many….

    Oh …how I wished I could turn the clock back 60 years and make certain the nightmare never arose to its Power that it has attained now. Globalist, One World Government, One World Currency, One World Religion…. is all but arrived-here…. of course, all preparatory for our dynamic World Leader — He will fix everything …won’t He..?

    Andrew, May I have the privilege to send you from time to time profound articles that never seem to get addressed in the “mainstream…?” I have your email address too… if that’s okay..?

    Thanks for this Article-Post. :)

    ~Ooden
    Qld. Aust.

    ===OOOO===

  • http://www.oziz4oziz.com Tony Ryan

    Andrew… can you give me an e-mail address to which I can send an important attachment.

    Kindest regards

    Tony

    • http://www.theglobalistreport.com/ Andrew Puhanic

      Hi Tony,

      I can be contacted directly at andrew@theglobalistreport.com

      Look forward to hearing from you…

  • http://www.oziz4oziz.com Tony Ryan

    Here’s a warning for anyone who wants to listen. Bob Hawke, Greg Combe, and Sharran Burrow were among the first foux trade unionists to adopt globalisation, to back percentage wage increases (which created the first wage gap), and the amalgamation of trade unions; the latter of which transferred power from union branches (and thence ALP branches) to organisational elites. Combe is quoted as to his real intentions in the Latham Diaries… please read. Whatever Latham is/was, he was honest; bluntly so, which is why the ALP machine men turned on him and why Rudd betrayed him to laurie Oakes.

    This ILO (ie globalised unions) and ITUC-led ‘rebellion’ is yet another version of the old game in which the wolf, dressed as a sheep, leads the frolickers from the paddock to the death house. These are the enemy. Do not trust them. Trust no leaders. Learn from the Occupy Movement and have no leaders and make all decisons by consensus… which is the genesis of people power.

    All leaders accumulate power (ours), and power always corrupts (Lord John Acton).