Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., championed the resolution, which was sparked by concerns that some countries may try to use international telecommunications negotiations in December to increase the role that the U.N. plays in global Internet governance.
“Despite denials, the Russians and Chinese are working quietly behind the scenes – and have been for years – to exert control over Web content and infrastructure,” Bono Mack said. “This could lead to human rights abuses in the future and effectively put a spigot on the free flow of information. We can’t let that happen.”
The U.N. agency involved with telecommunication denies there are any efforts to increase Internet regulation, but U.S. officials aren’t taking any chances.
The resolution enjoys wide support with at least 58 cosponsors, including 46 on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Additionally, the Obama administration has said it is working hard to prevent any increased U.N. Internet regulation.
We need to keep a close watch on this situation as it could undermine U.S. control through ICANN.
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