Friday, October 21, 2005 - The Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog

Sen. Coleman's Effort to Stop a "U.N. for the Internet"

Three Cheers for Sen. Norm Coleman! He recently introduced a Sense of the Senate resolution "to protect the U.S.'s historic role in overseeing the operations of the Internet from an effort to transfer control over the unprecedented communications and informational medium to the U.N."

In his statement, Sen. Coleman argued that:

"There is no rational justification for politicizing Internet governance within a U.N. framework. Nor is there a rational basis for the anti-U.S. resentment driving the proposal. Privatization, not politicization, is the Internet governance regime that must be fostered and protected. At the World Summit next month, the Internet is likely to face a grave threat. If we fail to respond appropriately, we risk the freedom and enterprise fostered by this informational marvel, and end up sacrificing access to information, privacy, and protection of intellectual property we have all depended on. This is not a risk I am prepared to take, which is why I initiated action to respond on a Senate level to this danger."

YOU GO NORM! I love it.

Faithful readers of this blog will know that this issue really gets me worked up. Here's my recent Wall Street Journal editorial on the issue that I penned with my old friend Wayne Crews of CEI. And two years ago, Wayne and I also co-edited a massive collection of essays on Internet governance / jurisdication issues entitled "Who Rules the Net." Our point in the book and that recent editorial was simple: We stand at a crucial moment in the history of the Internet and unless we stand firm in opposition to those who seek to impose an international regulatory regime on this vibrant, borderless technology of freedom, the Internet as we know it today will die.

Let's hope that other members of Congress and the Administration will join Sen. Coleman in this important effort to protect the Internet from the global regulatory / bureaucratic nightmare that looms overhead today.

posted by Adam Thierer @ 9:47 AM | E-commerce , Free Speech , Internet Governance