Kofi Annan says he understands our worries, but we needn’t fret, The UN Isn’t a Threat to the Net. They just want to apply their world-renowned, benevolent, highly efficient management skills.
The main objective of the World Summit on the Information Society to be held this month in Tunisia is to ensure that poor countries get the full benefits that new information and communication technologies — including the Internet — can bring to economic and social development. But as the meeting draws nearer, there is a growing chorus of misinformation about it.
One mistaken notion is that the United Nations wants to “take over,” police or otherwise control the Internet. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The United Nations wants only to ensure the Internet’s global reach, and that effort is at the heart of this summit.