Should the U.N. Save the Internet?
Should the U.N. Save the Internet? The United Nations has its eyes on the Internet. A summit next month could lead to a telecommunications treaty granting a U.N. agency jurisdiction, and control, over the online universe. The issue is being furiously debated and lobbied in advance of the summit. Companies, technologists, free speech advocates and national governments must now consider the relative merits of the current decentralized, U.S.-centered governance of the Internet, versus a more equitable, multinational (but possibly more restrictive) system. Haven't heard much about this looming fight that could radically alter the character of the Internet? It's not too late -- join Future Tense to learn about all about it. Andrew McLaughlin -- @McAndrew Entrepreneur-in-Residence, betaworks Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2009-2011) http://newamerica.net/events/2012/who_should_govern_the_internet