Thursday, September 29, 2005

A scary thought ... China controlling the internet

"The politically charged question of who will control the Internet in the future is dominating preparatory talks ahead of a global Internet summit. At the same time, a controversy over the choice of a host nation for the November gathering has focused attention on autocratic regimes' attempts to clamp down on the medium. The U.N.-organized World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is to be hosted by Tunisia despite campaigners' accusations of press freedom violations in the North African Muslim state. Rights groups have recorded violations in Tunisia including the blocking of websites and police monitoring of cyber cafes - the very type of behavior that makes them nervous about allowing rights-abusing governments, through the U.N., to have a say in future Internet policy ... But developing nations, led by Brazil and Iran and supported by China, Cuba and others, are pressing for effective U.N. control."


Post a Comment

<< Home