The United Nations (UN) is scheduled to meet in Dubai at the end of this year in December to finally decide the fate of the internet in a way. The reason most of the people are dreading such kind of an interest by the UN is because of the complex ways it deals with issues and it might get more political. A tool like the internet, which has as yet been a tool for the people and voice of the unheard, will become more interest-oriented.
The idea that would be discussed in this meeting is that of the “control” of the internet being given to the UN. The current model of the internet works under what is called “multi-shareholders” model, which has both the public and private organisations making it run the way it does. From your internet supply companies to engineers to online businesses make the internet what it is today. Hence, involving a huge international body like that of the UN would not work in favour of this current convention.
The UN essential is a body recognizing sovereignty of states, which means territorial set boundaries, whereas the internet is not like that. One can be sitting anywhere in the world and access a site from another country, unlike how the world actually operates on the ground. There needs not be a visa for an online visitation. This interest on the UN’s part also seems be something out of its league.
There is a growth in cybercrimes and rising security issues, but simultaneously there is a growth of such positive things as businesses and social media development. Regulation on all of this is very much important, but that dictation should not come from the UN.
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