Sunday, August 07, 2005

Governing the Internet

Congressional Quarterly has an interesting column about the United Nations' apparent desire to take governing control of the Internet. The author notes that "Whoever controls decisions on how Internet traffic gets routed can wield vast economic and political influence." And the UN, he argues, hasn't demonstrated any ability to responsibly handle that kind of influence. Anyone who's seen the UN organizational chart or who has tried following the investigation of the UN's oil-for-food program in Iraq might be inclined to agree.