Anytime people gather to discuss the shortcomings or “over comings” of their governments, those governments feel threatened. In the world of the 21st century, the Internet is akin to a global town hall. And that makes the Internet a HUGE threat to governments, everywhere. They know it — and they hate it. Enter the UN. “A gathering of United Nations diplomats overseas has some in the U.S. worried about a potential takeover of the Internet by foreign powers – with others claiming such fears are wildly over hyped.
An obscure branch of the UN — the International Telecommunication Union, whose 193 member states include the U.S., convened this week in Geneva. The ostensible purpose of the conference is to seek consensus for an updating of the last set of international telecom regulations, known as ITRs, which were issued in 1988.”