The UN Releases Plan to Push for Worldwide Internet Censorship

Liberty Blitzkrieg – by Michael Krieger

The United Nations has disgraced itself immeasurably over the past month or so.

In case you missed the following stories, I suggest catching up now:

The UN’s “Sustainable Development Agenda” is Basically a Giant Corporatist Fraud

Not a Joke – Saudi Arabia Chosen to Head UN Human Rights Panel  

Fresh off the scene from those two epic embarrassments, the UN now wants to tell governments of the world how to censor the internet. I wish I was kidding.

From the Washington Post:

On Thursday, the organization’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development released a damning “world-wide wake-up call” on what it calls “cyber VAWG,” or violence against women and girls. The report concludes that online harassment is “a problem of pandemic proportion” — which, nbd, we’ve all heard before.

But the United Nations then goes on to propose radical, proactive policy changes for both governments and social networks, effectively projecting a whole new vision for how the Internet could work.

Under U.S. law — the law that, not coincidentally, governs most of the world’s largest online platforms — intermediaries such as Twitter and Facebook generally can’t be held responsible for what people do on them. But the United Nations proposes both that social networks proactively police every profile and post, and that government agencies only “license” those who agree to do so.

People are being harassed online, and the solution is to censor everything and license speech? Remarkable.

How that would actually work, we don’t know; the report is light on concrete, actionable policy. But it repeatedly suggests both that social networks need to opt-in to stronger anti-harassment regimes and that governments need to enforce them proactively.

At one point toward the end of the paper, the U.N. panel concludes that“political and governmental bodies need to use their licensing prerogative” to better protect human and women’s rights, only granting licenses to “those Telecoms and search engines” that “supervise content and its dissemination.”

So we’re supposed to be lectured about human rights from an organization that named Saudi Arabia head of its human rights panel? Got it.

Regardless of whether you think those are worthwhile ends, the implications are huge: It’s an attempt to transform the Web from a libertarian free-for-all to some kind of enforced social commons.

This U.N. report gets us no closer, alas: all but its most modest proposals are unfeasible. We can educate people about gender violence or teach “digital citizenship” in schools, but persuading social networks to police everything their users post is next to impossible. And even if it weren’t, there are serious implications for innovation and speech: According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, CDA 230 — the law that exempts online intermediaries from this kind of policing — is basically what allowed modern social networks (and blogs, and comments, and forums, etc.) to come into being.

If we’re lucky, perhaps the Saudi religious police chief (yes, they have one) who went on a rampage against Twitter a couple of years ago, will be available to head up the project.

What a joke.

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

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10 Responses to The UN Releases Plan to Push for Worldwide Internet Censorship

  1. mark says:

    HEY UN YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS TO DICTATE TO ANY COUNTRY YOUR NOT A LEGAL ORGANIZATION. JUST A PACIFIER TO WEAK PEOPLE. WE HAVE A CONSTITUTION AND YOU CAN SHOVE IT.

  2. Hoppes says:

    I can’t believe there are people that want to meet their maker, that they don’t believe in, so fast. Truly a bunch of hell bound individuals.

  3. Jolly Roger says:

    The problem stems from the notion that words can be damaging, or hurtful in a literal sense, and that governments have some kind of duty to protect its citizens from being offended. They promoted this idea for the sole reason of restricting free speech. (why else? They’re obviously not concerned with your well-being, or they wouldn’t be poisoning you).

    This notion, of course, is ridiculous, and anyone who doesn’t like what they read on the internet is free to shut down their computer, read something different, of better still, develop a sense of self-worth that protects them from being so easily offended.

    What’s happening here is that the Jews are in a panic about too much truth being exposed, and since most of it involves their sordid history and genocidal agenda, they’re going to do all they can to turn the internet into another form of television that they can completely control.

    The most effective way that people can fight this is by letting retailers and banks know that no business will be conducted via the internet if free speech is restricted. As soon as speech restrictions are put in place, stop buying things on line, and stop doing banking on line. They’ll change their tune immediately if they’re not making money here, and are forced to hire bank tellers again.

    The hard part is getting spoiled Americans to forgo a luxury, gadget, or convenience.

    “The United Nations has disgraced itself immeasurably over the past month or so.”
    That’s because we’re winning, and they’re getting desperate.

  4. carl hammel says:

    The war bitches launch another futile attempt to remove humanity from itself [even though they think they can because they’re silly war bitches from the U,N. Bankers are war mongers who own corporations who are war mongers who own politicians who are idiots. The result isn’t freedom or prosperity at least for anyone but arms dealers, banks and spineless politicians. And to thunk it was them dern muzlums!

  5. Hal Apeeno says:

    MIDDLE FINGER!!!

  6. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “On Thursday, the organization’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development released a damning “world-wide wake-up call” on what it calls “cyber VAWG,” or violence against women and girls.”

    How about a “world-wide wake-up call” on VAE, or violence against EVERYONE, perpetrated by the stinking JEWS since their beginning?

  7. DL. says:

    Okay. So roughly 5 billion people who are not criminal psychopathic elites and have internet put out an outburst of free speech and the idiot psychos at the UN expect to jail all us? Again: if we do not exercise our rights we do not deserve them!

  8. NC says:

    “But the United Nations proposes both that social networks proactively police every profile and post, and that government agencies only “license” those who agree to do so.”

    Ahhh…..the infamous “license” game. So now we need a “license” to speak freely? Just like we need a “license” to travel?

    Didn’t Henry talk about this evil “license” word that the Commies keep using to enforce their control on us all? I think so!

    Once again, where in the US Constitution and Bill of Rights does it state that we have to follow a foreign entity? Please tell me! I sure as hell can’t find it.

    F**K YOU, UN! 😡

    We’ll do what we damn well please. If you got a problem, come to my neighborhood WITHOUT your hired mercenaries and we’ll settle this man to man. But of course you won’t, because you don’t want to get your hands dirty, so you pay someone else to do your dirty work for you. An act of a true coward! 😡

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