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U.N. To Govern Internet?

Zonk posted about 9 years ago | from the better-than-us dept.

The Internet 1197

Falmarian writes "Apparently the rest of the world isn't happy about the US franchise on internet governance. A news.com article discusses the possibility that the U.N. will make a bid for control of such governing functions as assigning TLDs and IPs." From the article: "At issue is who decides key questions like adding new top-level domains, assigning chunks of numeric Internet addresses, and operating the root servers that keep the Net humming. Other suggested responsibilities for this new organization include Internet surveillance, 'consumer protection,' and perhaps even the power to tax domain names to pay for 'universal access.'"

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Yuk (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063736)

No thanks, I prefer having the internets run by a group with at least a partial background of competency.

Re:Yuk (5, Funny)

Slugster (635830) | about 9 years ago | (#13063831)

Come on now, be civil. The internet belongs to the world. It's only fair that 60% of the TLD servers are in the world's poorest countries, and they charge $1 and take 15 minutes to do a lookup....

Re:Yuk (1)

dusik (239139) | about 9 years ago | (#13063871)

What, are we outsourcing the Internet?

Re:Yuk (3, Insightful)

Rei (128717) | about 9 years ago | (#13063935)

Yeah, I mean, it's not like the UN has run or otherwise been deeply involved in FAO, ILO, UNIDO, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNCHS, WHO, UNDTCD, ITU, UPU, WMO, ICAO, WFP, IAEA, IFAD, UNFDAC, the World Bank, UNFPA, UNV, and dozens of other major international organizations...

Or wait, are you wanting to talk about high profile events that occurred recently, ignoring all of that? If so, bring it on.

* Weapons of mass destruction inspections? What do you know, they were right!

* Oil For Food: Widely distorted in the media, the OFF 661 committee did *not* have authority to block contracts on the grounds of suspected kickbacks. Only the members of the Security Council (such as the US government) had that authority. The 661 committee was setup to block banned goods from entering Iraq, something that they did largely successfully.

What was the scale? Around 3 billion dollars over 10 years was snuck to the Iraqi government through kickbacks (most of the "illegal" money came from oil smuggling, something even further from the jurisdiction of the OFF committee, and something that the US deliberately ignored to retain the support of Turkey and Jordan). For comparison, over 10 billion dollars has gone missing from Iraqi Oil, almost guaranteed to be in private hands in just two years of US occupation.

In short, unless you believe the silly "Al-Mada" list (a bunch of people who supposedly have been trading in illegal oil - it even makes claims as ridiculous as the Russian Orthodox Church and high ranking Catholics, as well as people who have already been investigated and cleared), you're looking in completely the wrong direction.

But, anyways, back to the main issue: The UN is more than the "high profile stories" of the last two years. Read up on the various UN agencies that aren't in the news before you comment, please. I would be happy to see the UN manage the internet if they can do as well as they've done with, say, UNICEF.

get over it... (2, Insightful)

rwven (663186) | about 9 years ago | (#13063745)

It's not for the "rest of the world" to decide what we should do with what is our. They can get the heck over it

Re:get over it... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063770)

Then we roll our own, you are further isolated with the REAL WORLD. Rot in your own shit. I bet you wake up still wondering why 9/11 happened. Nieve retard.

Re:get over it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063825)

Uh-oh....sounds like an jihad!

Re:get over it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063832)

Huh, I thought 9/11 happened becuase we are into too many nations affairs? Which is it asshat?

Re:get over it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063849)

Then we roll our own
Then please do and stop crying to us about it.

Re:get over it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063862)

Then we roll our own, you are further isolated with the REAL WORLD. Rot in your own shit. I bet you wake up still wondering why 9/11 happened. Nieve retard.

You know, if the parent to this was a troll, why the hell wasn't that compilation of garbage...

Re:get over it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063792)


They're taking our innernet jjjerrrrbssss!

Re:get over it... (1, Insightful)

A beautiful mind (821714) | about 9 years ago | (#13063827)

More than 2/3rd of the internet users are noot from the usa. I think _WE_ non-USians should have a say too.

Re:get over it... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063856)

Go ahead and build your own then. Your lucky we let you on our Internet to begin with.

Re:get over it... (1)

A beautiful mind (821714) | about 9 years ago | (#13063892)

What 'own'? We already did, in everything apart the root dns servers! Or do you think that the cabling and routers just grew in Europe or what? If the world would decide that WE don't want YOU on OUR internet, then you'd be pretty quick on the losing side.

Re:get over it... (1)

rwven (663186) | about 9 years ago | (#13063867)

Then, with all due respect, ya'll should have invented it first... :-)

Re:get over it... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063896)

It's exactly this attitude that makes some of us in the states ashamed to know the rest of you.

Re:get over it... (1)

rwven (663186) | about 9 years ago | (#13063914)

then all three of you can leave...

Re:get over it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063933)

Fair enough.
We'll take TV back then. And the telephone. Ad finitum.

Re:get over it... (2, Insightful)

neil.pearce (53830) | about 9 years ago | (#13063877)

Yeh, take back your ARPANET, but say goodbye to European invented HTTP.
Perhaps Slashdot will reinvent itself on Gopher?

Re:get over it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063944)

And in the meanwhile, we'll take down the backbones to the Internet. Fair enough?

Re:get over it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063883)

You are confusing ownership of the ball with control over the game.

So take yer fucking ball home, twat. See what happens.

Re:get over it... (1)

Linus Torvaalds (876626) | about 9 years ago | (#13063901)

Fine. You can keep DNS so long as you stop using the WWW, URLs and HTTP. After all, they all belong to the British.

Re:get over it... (4, Funny)

KarmaMB84 (743001) | about 9 years ago | (#13063923)

And the British practically belong to us, so what's your point?

Re:get over it... (1)

rwven (663186) | about 9 years ago | (#13063955)

In case you hadn't noticed, the british gov't isnt the one whining about the state of the internet.

Re:get over it... (3, Insightful)

cyberworm (710231) | about 9 years ago | (#13063924)

I'm thinking this was meant as sarcsm, but I'll bite. The internet as we know it, is running along just fine. Why we should let it out of our hands and into the hands of a multinational organization is beyond my scope of reasoning. I'm a bit hungover this morning, but aren't oppressive countries (i.e. against freedom of speech and though in this case) part of the UN? China anyone? So, say we hand over root to Kofi. Then what? My freedoms to publish and say what I want on the internet could possibly make me an international criminal or worse yet A TERRORIST!!!! Not having lived in other countries, all I can say is that I enjoy my freedom of speech, and keeping the internet in the united states control really dosen't seem like such a bad thing.

Seriously this is one Bad Idea. I'll keep my intarweb like I like my slaves. FREE.

Re:get over it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063952)

What an arrogant statement. Why is it modded 'insightful'?

Posting first (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063747)

lol gay niggers something awful dot com

Cycle of the ages (5, Insightful)

kalpol (714519) | about 9 years ago | (#13063750)

Whenever a new area of freedom opens up, eventually government seeks to control it. We are never really free, just constantly staying one step ahead of the beaurocracy.

Re:Cycle of the ages (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063942)

crappy attempt for karma. lol

QUICK! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063752)

somebody squa-er i mean register UN.com

Re:QUICK! (1)

dmeranda (120061) | about 9 years ago | (#13063957)

No, somebody register the TLD "un." quick.

If they don't like it... (3, Funny)

Spamicles (731847) | about 9 years ago | (#13063762)

maybe they can hire Al Gore to whip up something new for international use.

Re:If they don't like it... (2, Funny)

drooling-dog (189103) | about 9 years ago | (#13063925)

maybe they can hire Al Gore to whip up something new for international use.

Since he's the main guy behind funding it with U.S. tax dollars, that would be more of an argument for keeping things as they are...

Somebody set up us the net (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063764)

All your tld are belong to us

french (1)

SparafucileMan (544171) | about 9 years ago | (#13063766)

cue the french jokes.

Re:french (1)

measured_flo (799013) | about 9 years ago | (#13063876)

La Internet...what the hell is that?

omg! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063768)

omg!

What a Great Idea! (5, Insightful)

DanielMarkham (765899) | about 9 years ago | (#13063773)

I think the U.N. should get involved in all aspects of the internet. After all, aren't these the same guys who want more regulation of cell phones? [whattofix.com]
After all, that's what we elected these people to do, right? Oh wait a minute. nobody elected the UN, it's a treaty organization.
I'm not trying to sound reactionary, but this sounds like a solution in search of a problem. The internet is fine the way it is. If the U.S. Congress has managed to keep its hands off it so far, the U.N. should follow suit, imo. The more politicians we get involved in managing the net, the worse it will perform for everybody.

Being Your Own Customer [whattofix.com]

Re:What a Great Idea! (3, Insightful)

A beautiful mind (821714) | about 9 years ago | (#13063853)

Just think of the WHO.

I'd say it's a pretty damn well run organization despite being run by the U.N.

U.N. is not just a bunch of incompetent politicians, although i'm sure a lot of americans like to think that.

Re:What a Great Idea! (1)

NeoSkandranon (515696) | about 9 years ago | (#13063911)

Plenty of Europeans think that as well...

Re:What a Great Idea! (1)

hyfe (641811) | about 9 years ago | (#13063855)

Let us vote in your elections then, and we'll quit complaining.

Might be a good idea even, it isn't like we could do any worse (disregarding a certain leader in the 1930's).

Re:What a Great Idea! (5, Insightful)

Marnhinn (310256) | about 9 years ago | (#13063908)

Problem is, other nations do not want the US to be in charge of the internet. They see it as a potential way for the US to impose the US's views on them.

However, on the same hand, the US has no real reason to give up control.

Hence the suggestion to use the UN - it seems like a middle ground somewhat. The people that suggested it are simply trying to create a compromise so the *net doesn't fragment.

Re:What a Great Idea! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063910)

Yea, lets see how more screwed up we can make the internet.

Re:What a Great Idea! (3, Informative)

FrankDrebin (238464) | about 9 years ago | (#13063922)

nobody elected the UN, it's a treaty organization

... and treaty-based bodies administer the international communications issues like radio spectrum and satellite slots. So what's the difference?

Huh? (5, Interesting)

jasonmicron (807603) | about 9 years ago | (#13063775)

As the internet was invented, created and distributed in the United States by the US military a few decades ago and the US controls the root domain (.), how can the UN decide that they can control this?

The US _does_ control root, right?

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063863)

That wasn't the Internet, that was ARPANET
Dohh.

Re:Huh? (1)

The Analog Kid (565327) | about 9 years ago | (#13063894)

The thing is the UN can't. They can try all they want for it, but there is nothing they can do if the US doesn't want to give up. They won't pass sancations against us, that would just hurt everyone so in the end unless the US cares to give it up, nothing is going to happen.

UN: Give us control
US: No
UN: C'mon...please..
US: How about....no!

Re:Huh? (1)

jasonmicron (807603) | about 9 years ago | (#13063938)

Yea, at first I glanced at the summary and didn't catch the entire "root server" comment. I'd like to see how they would go about getting control over the root servers if we don't want to give them up.

Re:Huh?: Wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063956)

Linking computers and creating networks wasn't invented by an American. But this has nothing to do with who is the "owner". The UN is not trying to pwn your internet. It is trying to get more grip on "their" internet. I hope not the way China does it but any way, people in Europe have a vote here. Remember the EU discarding the Software Patents law? I (and appearently a lot of other people) spammed the living crap out of our EU parliament members. I received mail from pretty much every one of them telling me that they have changed their minds due to the reactions of the people that voted for them. That's real Democacy.

I'm all for it (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063776)

Given the UN's proven track record of success, efficiency and effeciveness, I don't see how anyone could be against this.

Re:I'm all for it (3, Funny)

WidescreenFreak (830043) | about 9 years ago | (#13063891)

Careful! This is Slashdot! You need to specify when there is sarcasm in a statement or risk getting megatively modded by the oblivious. But to continue your statement, I can't wait to read about the "IP for Food" scandal in the next few years.

It isn't broke... (5, Interesting)

MrNonchalant (767683) | about 9 years ago | (#13063780)

...don't fix it. Verisign's monopoly aside, I haven't heard of any cases in which the internet has been abused by the United States or any organization assigned to administrate it. This change is fixing a problem that doesn't exist and may create problems that do. Other than political niceness, what does internationalization of the internet's control really offer?

Re:It isn't broke... (1)

eglamkowski (631706) | about 9 years ago | (#13063845)

It means the UN can (try to) tax it.

ICANN is plenty broken (1)

Wesley Felter (138342) | about 9 years ago | (#13063889)

They seem to do little but stir up new controversies; and that's only for DNS. Imgaine if they started trying to "improve" IP address allocation, "fix" spam, or "ensure" universal access.

I haven't seen any evidence that the UN would be any better, though.

Right-wing conspiracy nut nightmare. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063782)

Hand over the foundation of technological innovation to an ineffectual international beauracracy?

Not even left wing conspiracy theory nuts would agree to that.

overlords (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063783)

mod points to the first to mention UN overlords!

UN (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063784)

The UN just wants something to make them relevant again..

Re:UN (1)

sillybilly (668960) | about 9 years ago | (#13063921)

UN, Leauge of Nations, whatever you wanna call it. The concept of League of Nations is what ended WWI relatively calmly, but it was a lie, so there was a WWII. So there was UN and much rejoicing, until there was no longer a UN. So how long til WWIII?

The UN (2, Insightful)

LWATCDR (28044) | about 9 years ago | (#13063785)

Will do for the Internet what it did for Freedom...
God help us all.

Re:The UN (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063915)

Promote it through responsible action? Awesome. Now if we could just get them to apply their policy on Weapons of Mass Destruction That Don't Exist to censorship, I'd be perfectly happy to hand it over to them.

Internet Comes of Age (1, Insightful)

Doc Ruby (173196) | about 9 years ago | (#13063788)

Cue the "entitlement" Americans screaming "we invented it, if they don't like the way we run it, we should take it back". My fellow Americans, our baby has gone out into the world, and it's the world's darling. If we haven't raised it right, so it still respects its parents while playing/working/sleeping with strangers, we have very little authority in demanding it follow our rules. The Internet no longer lives under our roof alone, and we can influence it only by keeping it's old room available for it to visit, and giving it good advice as it continues to outgrow us. Keeping the apron strings tied will just force it to run away, coming around only when we offer it some cash or homecooked meals that it can find elsewhere.

Re:Internet Comes of Age (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063812)

Nice strawman you set up there...

Re:Internet Comes of Age (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | about 9 years ago | (#13063916)

See below for my trivially easy prescience of the ensuing "entitlement" posts. It's not a strawman argument when it 1> refers to the precise arguments of the past, and 2> refers to the arguments that will certainly follow. When the "entitlement" position is so warworn, it's easy to predict it, rather than wait for it to inevitably rear its ugly head in a dozen threads. Each of which will require the same rebuttal that I posted, but hardly workable/readable in Slashdot's tree system of discussion formats.

Re:Internet Comes of Age (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063902)

Jeesus your a nutjob.

I don't care who controls it... (3, Interesting)

ucahg (898110) | about 9 years ago | (#13063797)

Just stop already with the TLDs.

In fact, get rid of them entirely. They aren't truly necessary except to maintain backwards compatability.

Re:I don't care who controls it... (1)

linux_haxor (865561) | about 9 years ago | (#13063852)

Just forget domain names altogether! an IP address is much more compact and concise. we can all remeber 7+ digit phone numbers so whats the problem with remembering 32 bits... oh wait.... IPV6... Noooooooooo!

Peace Keepers on the Net (5, Funny)

gods_design (266291) | about 9 years ago | (#13063802)

This way when there is a dispute over ip addressing UN peace keepers can just observe the dispute while the parties kill each other...

Peace Keepers on the Net "a-la Farscape" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063954)

They are probably going to cause more $h1T then prevent it.

FYI: "Peace Keepers" in Farscape were the "Bad Guys"

The New Internet (2, Funny)

mbrewthx (693182) | about 9 years ago | (#13063803)

Brought to by the same people who brought you Oil for Food,

Great Idea (2, Insightful)

lotawana (899836) | about 9 years ago | (#13063815)

I think thats a great idea, while we're at it why not just disband congress and give the UN total control. Isn't that what they want anyway?

UN Govern Internet? I think not... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063816)

...the only things the UN is even capable of governing are bribery rackets and pedophilia rings. The last thing we need is this corrupt and incompetent "organization" to have any sort of say in how the Internet is run.

In communist Europe, the internet owns YOU..... (3, Insightful)

Puls4r (724907) | about 9 years ago | (#13063817)

Or not. Whatever hardware they own, they can govern themselves. While US companies owns 70-80% of the hardware that makes the internet run, the US will govern our own, thanks very much.

let em build their own (1, Insightful)

wardk (3037) | about 9 years ago | (#13063818)

we built this one, it's ours. get over it.

if the UN wants a big ass computer network, then start one.

Hmmm.... (4, Insightful)

Iphtashu Fitz (263795) | about 9 years ago | (#13063834)

My initial knee-jerk reaction to this was "Why not the US, after all, we invented it?". But after thinking about it for a few seconds it occured to me that since the internet is global you really need a global entity to be ultimately responsible for it. If there was a single global government then it'd be a no-brainer, but since the closest thing we have is the UN then why not? Yeah, I realize that there are all sorts of arguments like the UN is incompetent, etc. but when you're talking about something that impacts the entire world what better and more universally recognized body do we currently have?

Re:Hmmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063870)

You have a fair point in your initial knee-jerk reaction, to which I respond with one of my own: "Fair enough, but you can damn well stop using the WWW in that case."

Re:Hmmm.... (2, Insightful)

Dr. Transparent (77005) | about 9 years ago | (#13063890)

I think you're missing the main point... if it isn't broken, why fix it?

While you are at it... (1, Insightful)

Red Pointy Tail (127601) | about 9 years ago | (#13063835)

Why not let the UN govern your nuclear arsenal too?

Find different Web sites at the same address (1)

BigDogCH (760290) | about 9 years ago | (#13063836)

The nuclear option could create a Balkanized Internet where two computers find different Web sites at the same address.

So what is the difference? Half of my customers using IE have this happen all the time, and they have no clue. Spyware? On my computer?

Anyone but the U.N. (3, Insightful)

blankmeyer (600714) | about 9 years ago | (#13063838)

I made this comment on my blog (http://blankmeyer.blogspot.com/2005/07/should-un- control-of-internet.html [blogspot.com] ):
Following last weeks announcement by the U.S. that it would not turn over DNS servers it controls to ICANN (U.S. Won't Let Go of Master Domain Servers), the U.N. is set to report next week that it should control the internet backbone.

If there's one organization that I can name that shouldn't have control of the Internet, it is the United Nations. I think the UN has outlived its useful life and needs to either be drastically reformed or replaced completely. If we're ever going to have a united world government, that institution needs actual power, protection for member states, and freedom from corruption (or what the best safeguards can allow).

The UN has no business asking to regulate something, when it can't even regulate itself. Granted, I don't necessarily think the U.S. government should be in charge of the DNS backbone. I think it needs to be an un-national and un-political organization that has a limited focus on running the internet with feedback, not only from world-wide governments, but from businesses and individual users, as well. A model based off of the open-source movement could work.

Just keep it out of the hands of the U.N.

Great, just great. (1)

Capt. Caneyebus (883802) | about 9 years ago | (#13063846)

This is sooooooo wonderful *cough , cough*. So I wonder what types of scandals we could look forward to. Maybey we should put koficup annan's son in charge of the net. He is really great at running UN programs, rihgt?

That's worse than the US (4, Insightful)

argoff (142580) | about 9 years ago | (#13063848)

Let me get this straight. I agree it's a good idea to remove tld's from US controll to avoid being controlled and manpiulated by such a large and powerfull political entity that coulnd't care less about my rights online. Anyone else see the irony here?

The UN -- who else? (1)

koi88 (640490) | about 9 years ago | (#13063850)

I think the internet definitely shouldn't be in the hands of a single government.
While I think a multi-national non-profit organisation should be founded to control the internet, the UN might be the next-best choice.

When the UN adopts the first amendment... (5, Insightful)

Len Budney (787422) | about 9 years ago | (#13063858)

...then maybe. Not before.

Screw the U.N. (1, Interesting)

tjstork (137384) | about 9 years ago | (#13063864)

the United Nations is not competent to do anything. It was a mistake that we Americans thought invented it. Some day the rest of the world will realize it too.

Deus Ex anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063865)

I wonder if they will build an Aquinas router to be the hub of the world's communications and write an Icarus AI to monitor the Internet for subversive communication.

wow... (1)

trucker3406e (856260) | about 9 years ago | (#13063868)

I cant believe those UN idiots think they automatically just get to control everything. We invented it. We control it. Can you believe they want to bring in internet surviallence and .. get this.. TAXES!?!?! Oh yeah.. they're dirty rotten socialist bastards that have to control everything and take your money doing because they no have no real freedoms... They have nothin in thier lives without being able to control or DICTATE over everything...

Right... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063869)

Is the UN CCIE certified?

Great (2, Funny)

brucem4179 (898273) | about 9 years ago | (#13063875)

This has all the markings of a disaster. Either a) Leave it with the US and watch countries like China break away and leave us with good and bad "internets". Or b) Give it to the UN, the very people who couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery.

ignoring problems comes next (3, Funny)

wardk (3037) | about 9 years ago | (#13063878)

so if the UN runs the internet, I suppose that attacks against 3rd world computers will be ignored until millions of computers are slag. then when they do intervene, it will be half-hearted with the help unable to actually help, just stand around watching shit burn.

That'll solve all the problems! (1)

SC_shooter (737546) | about 9 years ago | (#13063885)

There's not many problems that can't be made worse with UN involvement. Get US out of the UN and get the UN out of the US!

Let them get their own. (1)

McFly777 (23881) | about 9 years ago | (#13063888)

I hate to sound this way, but as I recall "The Internet" was invented, etc. here in the US, and this is why US organizations are in control of it. (Not that advances haven't come from everywhere around the world, but the original addressing system and naming system started here.)

If the UN wants to control/tax/etc. the network, let them design their own protocol, with its own addressing system etc. (IPv8 anyone?) If there is ever anything worth while on it, I am sure that somebody will create a gateway to it, at which point the appropriate taxes, etc. can be collected.

The Internet is now a global network (1)

Idimmu Xul (204345) | about 9 years ago | (#13063895)

The Internet is now a global network, whether you Americans like it or not, which is why, and how, so many of your American companies get dossed by kiddies in Romania.

The comedy 'the Internet is ours' replies are killing me!

If they've got an idea for stopping SPAM... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13063903)

... please give them a go at it!

Simpsons Reminder (1)

olu (60959) | about 9 years ago | (#13063905)

Principal Skinner: Order order, do you kids wanna be like the real UN, or do you just want to squabble and waste time?"

The UN is laughable (1, Insightful)

dmeranda (120061) | about 9 years ago | (#13063917)

Why in the world would anybody want to turn over this control to such a corrupt and bureaucratic organization. The address assignments is not a very defendable reason, it's more likely the other types of control they could start imposing. Like even more outrageous copy controls, censorship, taxes, and other forms of non-democratic social engineering, or anything to further progress on the anti-American movement. That's all the UN is about these days, and we've already surrendered too much of our (US) freedom to the UN already.

Well, we know they can run programs.. (2, Insightful)

BawbBitchen (456931) | about 9 years ago | (#13063920)

..very well, just look at the Oil For Food program. That was very well run. No corruption there. Or the Human Rights Commission. I mean what better members are there then China, Sudan, Zimbabwe....

It is funny. After the fall of the USSR I made a bet with a friend that we would see a strong unified world governing body within the next 50-75 years. At this point I have changed my tune. The US should leave the UN and form an organization of like mined democracies.

Typical UN Resolution (5, Funny)

robocrop (830352) | about 9 years ago | (#13063928)

Resolution 30357A - Illegal File Traders:

We will give you 1 year to take down your website, before 'more drastic' measures will be taken.

One year later ...

Resolution 30357B - Illegal File Traders:

Oh, did we say one year? We meant two. Take two years. But take it down! Don't make us unleash the fury!

Two years later ...

Resolution 30357C - Illegal File Traders:

We at the UN can't help but notice that you haven't taken your site down. We strongly disapprove of your actions. So much so that we're giving you three more years to do it. But you'd better believe that when those three years are up it's clobbering time. Seriously.

Three years later ...

Resolution 30357D - Illegal File Traders:

It seems you are still running your illegal website. We downloaded several Chingy tunes today (thanks for the UN discount!). But you seriously need to take that site down. Seriously. To show you how serious we are, we're going to start a plan of denying aid to people not in any way affiliated with you. Yes we know this won't affect on you personally, but it makes us look like bad-asses. Five more years! That's all we can give you. Then out come the meat hammers!

Five years later ...

Resolution 30357E - Illegal File Traders
- Rider A: Condemnation of Israel for refusing to just fucking disappear like the Mayans
- Rider B: Pay-raise and trips to Disneyland!

Maybe it's us. Are we doing something wrong? Is there something we could give you to make you take that site down? Because, seriously, we're all pussies here at the UN and don't want to do anything drastic like follow through on our empty resolution statements. So why don't we go ahead and give you as many years as you like to take that site down. Just keep those kickbacks coming! And remember, we are the world's last resort for justice!

From My Cold Dead Hands (1)

gcatullus (810326) | about 9 years ago | (#13063937)

Cue the Charlton Heston voice - They can take my Internet from my cold dead hands.

I don't agree with this, but... (1)

mrRay720 (874710) | about 9 years ago | (#13063947)

what happens if the US decide to be all freaky n stuff? Go all isolationist, or attack all the rest of the world, they get nuked to feck and back
by china, or whatever else?

They should at least have such a system ready so the rest of the world can carry on regardless. Relying on one country for something so important to the world is one of the suckiest ideas ever.

It's either the UN or some Corporations (1)

Travoltus (110240) | about 9 years ago | (#13063950)

that'll control the internet. Whether it's the UN that implements surveillance or corporate ISPs that submit personal information in a clandestine manner, the UN that taxes us or ISPs that hit us with secret bandwidth caps and usage fees, we're still doomed.

The UN will fail here, no doubt about that (and thank God), but as with all things Communism, we find ultimately that we can beat the Government but we can't stop ourselves from being blind sided by the big money industries.

The moral of this twisted post? I'm watching the UN but I've got eyes in the back of my head regarding those handful of megaconglomerates that run the US media industry and are close to controlling the Internet, too.
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