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For Your Consideration: You Didn’t Build That

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There appears to be little concern by the public with the President’s intent to turn the Internet over to the United Nations (UN). The Internet concept evolved as a result of the United States government’s charge to various agencies and organizations to develop a system that would connect computers around the world, using a variety of electronic means during the 1960s,
France and Great Brittan also made contributions during these early stages of development, but this was only laying the groundwork for what would eventually become the Internet. The Internet eventually evolved into a system that resembles the Internet that we see today during the 1980s, but this system is continually evolving, and has grown at a rapid rate during the past twenty years. This growth has not been limited to the United States, it has become a worldwide phenomenon. 
It appears that the Internet is controlled by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), located in Marina Del Rey, CA, but using the term “controlled” would be a misnomer for describing the function of this unit. The Internet Society (ISOC) -  established in the early 1990s - put out a mission statement that read: to "assure the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.” 
The location of the building that houses this center is in California, but the input for the development of the Internet comes from contributors around the world.  Given this fact it seems odd that the President would suggest that this function should be turned over to the United Nations, a governing body that has not always conducted itself in a rational manner.
There are a number of questions that should be asked and answered before the general guidance of this unit is transferred over to the United Nations. The prime question is, what authority does the President have to turn this or any other unit of the Internet over to the UN?  Most of the work that has been accomplished in the development of the Internet can be attributed to the United States more than any other one country.
The English language is the dominant language on the internet, and the greatest portion of the Internet content is devoted to the English language. The number of nations that have restrictions on the Internet in the UN exceed those that don’t, most of these countries are inclined to control the information that their people receive, and this is the body that the President wants to turn control of the Internet to? 
There was talk at one time of placing a tax on the use of the Internet, but the electorate in the U.S. objected to this idea. Is it possible that the President felt that this concept would have a better chance of succeeding if it were turned over to the UN?
It would seem to fit in with the President’s plan to transfer more authority over to the United Nations, and to lessen the influence of the United States, but this is one area that even our own government has hesitated to step in and control, and that is just as well. The Internet has made changes in our society that could not have even been predicted twenty years ago, just think of what is in store for us in the next ten or twenty years.
There may be a more obvious reason for the President wanting to turn the Internet over to the UN; this may have the effect of reducing the negative feedback from the public in countries that are looking to establish a one world government. The President has already shown his displeasure with talk radio and one popular cable channel, he vilifies these media outlets every chance he gets. Mr. President, you did not build the internet, so keep your hands of it, the Internet belongs to the people, it is doing just fine without any of your assistance, as a matter of fact it’s a perfect example of what man can accomplish when he is not hampered by government.