Geneva Feb 27. the ‘ diplomats’ will begin hammering out details to be coded into a treaty organized International Telecommunication Union (ITU), that will move mgt. and a large measure of control from ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ) which has basically managed the joint since 1988, they allocate IP addresses, determines traceability of domain name holders (WHOIS) resolves trademark disputes etc. etc…. Has there been some rush of complaints I am not aware of? Why change or fix what aint broken and worse even if it were, why give any authority to manage or control to ITU-UN? Here are some of the areas they are interested in particularly; • Subject cyber security and data privacy to international control; • Allow foreign phone companies to charge fees for "international" Internet traffic, perhaps even on a "per-click" basis for certain Web destinations, with the goal of generating revenue for state-owned phone companies and government treasuries; • Impose unprecedented economic regulations such as mandates for rates, terms and conditions for currently unregulated traffic-swapping agreements known as "peering." • Establish for the first time ITU dominion over important functions of multi-stakeholder Internet governance entities such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the nonprofit entity that coordinates the .com and .org Web addresses of the world; • Subsume under intergovernmental control many functions of the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Society and other multi-stakeholder groups that establish the engineering and technical standards that allow the Internet to work; • Regulate international mobile roaming rates and practices. source for above...UN and the Internet All the above and whatever else they can think of will lead only one place- where all top down gov/UN reg’s lead- a deterioration and ‘specialization ‘of standards, affecting everything from anonymity, privacy protection/protocols, ability or inability to wiretap, ability to filter content, how spectrum is used……..to say nothing of the cronyism this will enable. Why on earth would anyone want to move to a TOP DOWN governance/mgt. style when we have a well oiled well known and effective bottom up collaborative international team effort via engineers, academics, user groups and NGO’s in a "multi-stakeholder" governance model? And it bears to keep in mind- this treaty only needs a majority vote of the 193 members to pass and once implemented these treaties are not open to ‘vetos’ etc. it is what it is and whatever the simple majority say it is. Obama has yet to appoint anyone to lead a panel to negotiate this into oblivion…. On a personal note; I remember oh, 5-6 years ago when this first surfaced as a ‘thoughtful idea’ that ‘probably would not go anywhere’, being told quite vociferously that I was a just a UN ‘hater’, or, American firster, I wanted the US to have the last say in internet governance etc. etc ..and when I made the case for the slippery slope, it was ‘partisan’ noise…..well, here we are.