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[ NNSquad ] UN/ITU Internet Control (and an EU Web Cookie Insanity update!)

UN/ITU Internet Control (and an EU Web Cookie Insanity update!)
http://j.mp/KnsgFW  (This message on Google+)

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House to examine plan for United Nations to regulate the Internet

http://j.mp/KyoJTK  (The Hill)

   "House lawmakers will consider an international proposal next week to
    give the United Nations more control over the Internet. The proposal
    is backed by China, Russia, Brazil, India and other UN members, and
    would give the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more
    control over the governance of the Internet."

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If the UN/ITU actually did manage to get their clutches on the
Internet, the resulting blowback in terms of network fragmentation
would be immense. Unfortunately, ICANN's continuing shenanigans pretty
much guarantee network fragmentation as well. We need a purpose-built
*third way*.

On the EU Web Cookie Insanity (WCI) front, reports are (and a quick
test seems to confirm for the moment) that the BBC for now appears to
have pulled down their wacky, looping cookie warning/control banners.

The British Telecom community donations site, however, continues to
intercept with a full page of cookie gobbldegook, which users who
already block cookies *cannot click past*.

As the old song goes, "Quick, send in the clowns -- Don't bother,
they're here."

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org 
 - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org
 - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com 
Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com
Google+: http://vortex.com/g+lauren / Twitter: http://vortex.com/t-lauren 
Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com
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