Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Witches’ Brew at the UN

The Christian Science Monitor has some UN news for us. Or maybe just un-news. When you read it, you’ll mutter to yourself, “where is Al Gore these days?” though he seems -- so far -- to be innocent of this. The UN thought it up entirely on its own.

Here’s the deal: the UN wants to control the Internet. Or is it that the UN wants to make it so that the US doesn’t control the Internet?

To whichever end it has in mind, the UNnecessary and UNable (but definitely for-profit) Corporation on First Avenue in New York City has brought into being yet one more advisory group, this one named The (heh) Working Group on Internet Governance —- known to friends and neighbors as WGIG. And WGIG has spawned what all UN groups eventually bring forth: a report. This one was duly christened “Junior” as in [Report of] the Working Group on Internet Governance. The authors, weary from the rigors of urban life in New York City, repaired to a place called Château de Bossey during the gestation period and eventually birthed The Report in June of 2005. Cuban cigars all around, please.

And what a bouncing baby of a Report this one is. After all, we’re dealing with a Working Group here — as opposed to, say, a Boffing Group, or a Corrupting Group, or even a Scandal-for-Scandal’s Sake Group. Thus, instead of corruption, or naughty behavior, or throwing people into the pool, we have instead an immaculate twenty-four page Report. Or at least that’s all we have so far. The night is young yet…

And who are we to complain if it took almost fifty people to produce this make-work mindlessness brilliant proof of the necessity for the continued existence of the UN? That’s two plus people per page, so you can bet this is one darn fine piece of work. Just in case you need a job for your brother-in-law to contact one of these worthies, there follows a list of their names — that is if you can find their names in the midst of all the titles. They might take a tip from God, who, after all, usually limits his title to words of one or two syllables. Mention this if you call them, won’t you?

While you’re at it, remind them that the world-wide shortage on commas is over and they can start using them again to separate names from titles. For a moment there it looked like these people had last names like “Member” or “Director” or “Chief.” If they ask, suggest storing any extra commas in their clue bag since they don’t seem to be using that for its intended purpose.

Here you go (and no skipping. There will most certainly be a quiz on this material):

Membership and Secretariat of the Working Group on Internet Governance

Chairman
Nitin Desai Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for the World Summit on the Information Society (Delhi/Mumbai)

Members
Abdullah Al-Darrab Deputy Governor of Technical Affairs, Communications and Information Technology Commission of Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)
Carlos A. Afonso Director of Planning, Information Network for the Third Sector; Member, Brazil’s Internet Steering Committee; Member, Non-Commercial Users Constituency (Rio de Janeiro)
Peng Hwa Ang Dean, School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
Karen Banks Networking and Advocacy Coordinator, Association for Progressive Communications; Director, GreenNet (London)
Faryel Beji President and CEO, Tunisian Internet Agency (Tunis)
Vittorio Bertola Chairman, ICANN At Large Advisory Committee; President and CTO, Dynamic Fun (Turin)
José Alexandre Bicalho Member, Brazilian Internet Steering Committee; Adviser to the Board of Directors of the National Telecommunications Agency (Brasilia)
Kangsik Cheon Chief Operating Officer, International Business Development, Netpia (Seoul)
Trevor Clarke Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations Office at Geneva (Geneva) Avri Doria Research Consultant (Providence, Rhode Island)
William Drake President, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility; Senior Associate, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (Geneva)
Raúl Echeberría Executive Director/CEO, Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (Montevideo)
Dev Erriah Chairman, ICT Authority of Mauritius (Port Louis)
Baher Esmat Telecom Planning Manager, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt (Cairo)
Juan Fernandez Coordinator of the Commission of Electronic Commerce of Cuba (Havana)
Ayesha Hassan Senior Policy Manager for Electronic Business, IT and Telecommunications, International Chamber of Commerce (Paris)
David Hendon Director of Business Relations, United Kingdom Department of Trade and Industry (London)
Qiheng Hu Adviser to the Science and Technology Commission of the Ministry of Information Industry of China; Former Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing)
Willy Jensen Director General, Norwegian Post and Telecom Authority (Oslo)
Wolfgang Kleinwächter Professor, International Communication Policy and Regulation, University of Aarhus (Aarhus)
Jovan Kurbalija Director, DiploFoundation, Geneva/La Valletta (Geneva)
Iosif Charles Legrand Senior Scientist, California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, California)
Donald MacLean Director, MacLean Consulting (Ottawa)
Allen Miller Executive Director, World Information Technology and Services Alliance (Arlington, Virginia)
Jacqueline A. Morris Consultant (Port of Spain)
Olivier Nana Nzépa Coordinator, Africa Civil Society (Yaoundé)
Alejandro Pisanty Director of Computing Academic Services, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico; Vice-Chairman of the Board of ICANN (Mexico City)
Khalilullah Qazi Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations Office at Geneva (Geneva) Rajashekar Ramaraj Managing Director, Sify Limited (Chennai (formerly Madras))
Masaaki Sakamaki Director, Computer Communications Division, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (Tokyo)
Joseph Sarr President, NTIC Commission, Dakar Regional Council (Dakar)
Peiman Seadat Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Office at Geneva (Geneva)
Charles Sha’ban Executive Director, Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (Amman)
Lyndall Shope-Mafole Chairperson, Presidential National Commission on Information Society and Development of South Africa (Pretoria)
Waudo Siganga Chairman, Computer Society of Kenya (Nairobi)
Juan Carlos Solines Moreno Executive Director, Gobierno Digital (Quito)
Mikhail Yakushev Director of legal support department, Ministry of Information Technology and Communications of the Russian Federation (Moscow)
Peter Zangl Deputy Director-General, Directorate General Information Society and Media, European Commission (Brussels)
Jean-Paul Zens First Counsellor, Director of the Media and Telecom Department, Ministry of State of Luxembourg (Luxembourg City)

Secretariat
Markus Kummer, Executive Coordinator Frank March, Senior Programme Adviser
Tarek Cheniti, Consultant Hind Eltayeb, Administrative Assistant Robert Shaw, part-time, seconded by ITU
Howard Williams, part-time, seconded by the University of Strathclyde
David Satola, World Bank (part-time in his personal capacity)
Chengetai Masango, Intern (April-July 2005)
Chango Mawaki, Fellow, in association with DiploFoundation (June 2005)
Seiiti Arata, Fellow, in association with DiploFoundation (June 2005)
Dhrupad Mathur, Fellow, in association with DiploFoundation (June 2005)


Quite a slog, huh? Who’s your favorite on the list? I’m mighty fond of ol’ Karen Banks myself. She runs some company with “Progressive Communications” in the title. With that name, you know her place is just chock-a-block with affirmative hires. Or maybe the fellow who runs the company called "Dynamic Fun." REMEMBER: it took the UN this many people to sacrifice their time to trek to a chateau and write a crucial, important 24 page report. A report with very wide margins on each page. A report whose glossary and lists of names took up a third of its length.

Now I aleady know what you want to do with this report, but what do its authors intend? Well, it’s like this: they are desirous of replacing old fuddy-duddy ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the non-profit group currently under the aegis of the US Department of Commerce which governs technical aspects of the Internet; it’s the go-to guy for domain names, etc. In the interests of commerce and fostering the growth of the internet, ICANN doesn’t interfere much in the highways and byways of cyberspace. At the moment, they’re mulling over whether or not to designate .xxx for porn sites, but generally speaking they keep a low profile.

I’ll get you, and your little dog, too!You can bet your bippy that will change if WGIG has any say in it because WGIG, in true UN form, wants to replace ICANN with… are you ready for this? …WICANN. No, that’s not a coven of witches. It’s the acronym for the proposed World Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. That’s right: global, transnational, inter-governmental agencies — pardon me, “stakeholders” — would be responsible for assigning domain names and for oversight of the internet. Instead of the US Department of Commerce, there would be a creature dubbed the “Global Internet Policy Council.”

There would be advisors and observers, aides and assistants, consultants and coordinators, the private sector and civil society operating “on an equal footing” —all to do what is already being done. In other words, there would be snafus, corruption, pedophilia and goldbrick operations served up with a global reach. Shudder.

All of this would happen so things would be “fair.” Well, of course. We can’t have the developed countries running IT when we could get Cuba or Luxembourg, those centers of cutting edge IT, doing things fairly and equitably and openly.

I wish I were making this up. Read it and weep. Then dry your tears and remember: we didn’t sign the Kyoto Protocol, we’re not part of the International Court. Repeat after me: there will be no stinkin’ WICANN, either. But buy your broom just in case we have to go up there and clean ’em out.

10 comments:

Blair said...

This came out last March, outlining UN goals. You've got to love the 'spam filters' idea when combined with national, dot extensions.

http://news.com.com/
The+U.N.+thinks+about+tomorrows+cyberspace/
2008-1028_3-5643972.html?tag=nefd.lede

Dymphna said...

Who can doubt the UN has "goals"? The crucial question is whether or not it has any functioning grey matter left.

Baron Bodissey said...

I notice el Cubano on the list: Juan Fernandez Coordinator of the Commission of Electronic Commerce of Cuba (Havana).

Do they do much electronic commerce in Cuba? Or much commerce of any type?

Evan said...

The contrast between UN and US governance of the Internet, one supposes, will be about as vivid as that between their rescue efforts after the tsunami.

Dymphna said...

Baron--

Cuba's not as ludicruous as Luxemborg, which is also on the list. Here's a good one, and while I know how much you hate joining things, you ought to make an exception for this case. I mean, imagine the interesting junk mail you'd get. Find this one on the list:

William Drake President, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility


Evan--

Given the mess we made with Katrina, how about Wal-Mart instead.

WEMA instead of FEMA.

Can anyone come up with a good acronym for Walmart running the internet? It's main appeal, besides private company flexibillity, is that it would produce apoplexy among most of the Left and all of the UN...

John Sobieski said...

Dymphna, this is part of the OIC and the Islamist's stealth jihad.

By this I mean two things:
1) the UN wants to put taxes on the internet, like a $100 or something for each URL domain name for those 'one time items' and they also want to think of recurring taxes. You know, tax the wealthy world to give to the poor world, which is majority Islamists and ignorant Muslims.
2) The OIC and their thugs want to wretch ICANN from the US is for war purposes. You see, America does control that root structure, and we can seize control of ICANN during times of war. And THEN we can delete or modify the root index for any country or 'axis of islam' countries. This will immediately, or within 24 hours or so, completely disrupt their networks. That is a powerful weapon even if their internet use is not as pervasive as in developed western nations. That is why the OIC is so pissed that Bush turned it thumbs down (the one smart thing Bush has done.)

It's timely that you posted this, as I also posted an article about it only a few days ago:

Why the UN and the Axis of Islam want control of ICANN

The list you posted points out so clearly that the UN has become a pig troth, and those are the honourable guests to the feast.

We, the taxpayers of the West, are picking up the tab.

Our government spends a lot of time pretending: the UN can be saved, nationbuilding will work in Iraq, that having Muslims fighting themselves by promoting divisions (Shiite against Sunni, animosity over disputed sea boundaries and islands between Iran and other ME countries, about country boundary lines between Muslim countries, etc.) is a bad idea, or that the Gaza is 'progessing well' per Dhimwit Condi) or that Islamist organizations like CAIR and ISNA are partners.

Maybe every Presidency is this way - pretending - and I never had a concern like Islamic terrorism to make me pay attention.
Now if they are not pretending and believe their own statements, we really have a big, big problem, as if we needed another one.

John Sobieski, PI
The Pedestrian Infidel Blog

Kilo Echo 4 said...

My G-D! Is there anyone NOT on that list???

It's a New World Order plot, I tell you!

Can't we just shoot them all, huh, please? Oh please, please, please??!!!

Excuse me, someone's knocking on my door...

Oh no! It's the Men In Black!

How did they get here so quick? I knew I should have kept my big mouth shut!

unaha-closp said...

Cuba's not as ludicruous as Luxemborg

A third world dictatorship with 2 pesos to rub together is not as ludicruous as a fabulously wealthy, democratitc state that derives major income from electronic banking trade and EU logistics - did some Luxemborgeon (?) steal the last cookie from your jar?

newc said...

I never want the UN to have any say on the regulation of the internet. That is a US patent.

USpace said...

I bet the thieves and scallywags from Turtle Bay will try this again. They must be stopped at every turn.


United Nations -
corrupt club where thug countries
often get their way

barbarians play grownup
always blame America
.