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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

America's 1st Big Internet Defeat a Shocking Blow to Freedom

By Nancy Pearcey • December 18, 2012, 04:05 PM

The internet has empowered freedom movements across the globe. But now, heavy-handed governments have persuaded the UN to give them power to control the internet.

This regressive change did not go unnoticed by L. Gordon Crovitz at the Wall Street Journal. He writes:

The open Internet, available to people around the world without the permission of any government, was a great liberation. It was also too good to last. Authoritarian governments this month won the first battle to close off parts of the Internet.

At the just-concluded conference of the International Telecommunications Union in Dubai, the U.S. and its allies got outmaneuvered. . . . A majority of the 193 United Nations member countries approved a treaty giving governments new powers to close off access to the Internet in their countries.

'"Authoritarian governments are highly motivated to close the Internet off. But just as in the Cold War, these regimes are doomed to lose if free countries resolve to fight," Crovitz concludes.

"Whatever governments want, people prefer freedom and eventually will get it, including on the Internet."

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