Boy, what a relief! The Internet is safe for now from the U.N.
The organization that keeps the directory of domain names is called ICANN, and is regulated by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. The UN wanted to take control of this. Syria, Libya, China, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia were leading the charge. And why not? This would give them an opportunity to censor web sites they don't agree with.
Handing control over to the UN would afford them the ability not only to censor, but also to tax things like e-mail.
Kofi Annan said the aim was to ensure that poor countries get the full benefits that the internet can bring. Yeah, right! This is from the guy that still hasn't repaid or even apologized to the people of Iraq for stealing billions from them. Are we going to be so stupid to give control of the Internet to an organization that can even audit its own accounts or even police its own peacekeeper? And I love this one. Libya chairs the Human Rights commission. If there ever was an organization we don't want controlling the Internet, it's the U.N.
Hopefully, in years to come, the U.S. government realizes how absolutely vital it is that we keep control the Internet.