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[ NNSquad ] Russia using Snowden as excuse to demand UN takeover of Internet control

Russia using Snowden as excuse to demand UN takeover of Internet control

http://j.mp/12BUdi7  (New York Times)

   "Many independent advocates for Internet freedom have for years,
    however, characterized the Russian policy proposals as deeply
    worrying, for their potential to hamper free communication across
    borders and expose political dissidents inside authoritarian states to
    persecution.  Even before Mr. Snowden arrived in the transit zone of
    Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, Russia had been pressing for such
    controls. Its proposals had found some support among other governments
    that wanted greater access to social networking and e-mail data, but
    which did not ban such services outright, as China does.  In this
    light, Mr. Snowden's arrival here and his decision to extend his stay,
    announced on Friday, seemed to have aided their cause. Brazil's
    foreign minister, Antonio Patriota, for example, a week ago endorsed
    the Russian proposal to transfer some control over Internet technical
    standards to the United Nations telecommunications agency."

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Worst Internet idea ever.

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info
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