The U.N. Seeks to Tax the Internet

June 11, 2012 – National Review

The U.N. recently revived its long-held desire to take control of the Internet. It is unlikely to get its way. So, led by European nations — who else? — it has hit upon another means by which to exercise its influence: Taxes. CNET reports:

The United Nations is considering a new Internet tax targeting the largest Web content providers, including Google, Facebook, Apple, and Netflix, that could cripple their ability to reach users in developing nations.

The European proposal, offered for debate at a December meeting of a U.N. agency called the International Telecommunication Union, would amend an existing telecommunications treaty by imposing heavy costs on popular Web sites and their network providers for the privilege of serving non-U.S. users, according to newly leaked documents.

The documents (No. 1 No. 2) punctuate warnings that the Obama administration and Republican members of Congress raised last week about how secret negotiations at the ITU over an international communications treaty could result in a radical re-engineering of the Internet ecosystem and allow governments to monitor or restrict their citizens’ online activities.

Source: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/302395/un-seeks-tax-internet-charles-c-w-cooke#

United Nations Calls for Internet Big Brother System to Combat Terrorism

October 23, 2012 – Infowars

Under the rubric of combating international terrorism, the United Nations is calling for pervasive and widespread internet surveillance, Declan McCullagh reported on Monday.

Terrorists are exploiting Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Dropbox, to spread “propaganda” and open Wi-Fi networks in airports and libraries pose a threat to national security and enable “perpetrators,” according to “The Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes,” a PDF released at a conference in Vienna held by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The globalist organization claims terrorists are running rampant on the internet and leveraging social networks because there “is the lack of an internationally agreed framework for retention of data held by ISPs,” particularly in the United States.

The United Nations report was produced in collaboration with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force. Members include the World Bank, Interpol, the World Health Organization, and the International Monetary Fund.

McCullagh notes that the UNODC effort parallels one by the U.S. Justice Department. It also arrives as Congress wrestles with cyber security legislation.

In September, we reported on Obama’s plan to issue an executive order creating a government bureaucracy empowered to protect vital computer networks from cyber attacks after Republicans blocked cyber security legislation in the Senate.

We also noted that the government claim that terrorists and hackers threaten the power grid in the United States is a red herring.

The UN plan calls specifically for data retention by ISPs and providers that allow anonymous access to the internet, such as cyber cafes and open Wi-Fi networks.

Source: http://www.infowars.com/united-nations-calls-for-internet-big-brother-system-to-combat-terrorism/