UN Internet Governance Forum closes with call to close “digital divide”
Underlining the urgency to close the “digital divide” – socio-economic inequalities that impact access to or use of information and communication technologies – the 11th annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) closed today with a call for concerted actions to ensure that all people in all countries are able to reap the benefits of the Internet.
“Leading up to the twelfth IGF next year, innovations in programming and intersessional activities will continue to be implemented in a bottom-up manner, based on feedback from the multistakeholder community and in line with our new mandate which calls for greater participation from stakeholders from developing countries and improved working modalities,” Juwang Zhu, Director of the Division for Sustainable Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) said in a news release today.
Further, according to the release, experts at the global event highlighted that in addition to the physical challenges of getting people connected at affordable rates, many people do not yet fully recognize the Internet’s value.
Participants at the Forum also noted that no one solution fits all problems.
For instance, sub-Saharan Africa accounts for the lowest levels of Internet usage in the world with less than three per cent of the population using it in countries including Chad (2.7 per cent), Sierra Leone (2.5 per cent), Niger (2.2 per cent), Somalia (1.8 per cent) and Eritrea (1.1 per cent).
Furthermore, while connectivity between developed and developing countries, within regions and even within countries continues to be an economic and infrastructural challenge, others barriers also exist in digital literacy.
One of this is the “gender gap.” There are 257 million more men online than women and it is particularly concerning that women face a wider variety of online harassment and abuse than men.
“It is very important to bring women online because the part of the population that is not online is missing out a lot. They need to enhance their businesses, they need to enhance their lives, and part of that comes with them being online,” said Evelyn Namara, Founder and CEO of !nnovate Uganda, an organization that works toward sustainable technological development.
The IGF this year included some 150 sessions discussing a number of issues such as human rights and freedom of expression online, multi-stakeholder cooperation, and cybersecurity.
The Forum also recognized the “critical role” of the Internet in providing access to opportunities to all people. Participants, including from governments, the technical community, private sector and civil society also advocated for more capacity-building, training as well as closer collaboration and partnerships.
Under the leadership of various Communist Chinese agents within the United Nations, the UN’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) met in Mexico last week and concluded with calls for greater international controls and more “global governance” of the World Wide Web. Another key item on the agenda was exploiting the Internet to promote the UN’s deeply controversial “Agenda 2030” Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), essentially a UN road-map toward global totalitarianism that Beijing played a “crucial role” in developing.
The controversial UN IGF gathering was the first annual summit of governments, dictators, tax-funded “civil society” outfits, academics, and tech companies since Obama surrendered U.S. oversight over crucial components of the Internet’s architecture such as ICANN. It was also the first IGF summit since the mass-murdering dictatorship in China, which censors the Web and savagely persecutes dissidents, boldly announced last month its intent to subordinate the free and open Internet to its draconian vision of “global governance.”
Experts have warned for years that blatant censorship and global Internet taxes will not be far behind if Americans do not step up the pressure to protect Internet freedom. With Obama having attempted to hand over U.S. oversight of the Internet’s architecture to a “global multi-stakeholder” regime in recent months, the effort to re-take control of the Internet Americans helped create and pay for must accelerate if First Amendment protections for speech and journalism online are to survive.
Indeed, among other troubling topics, speakers and panelists at the UN’s Internet governance confab explored topics such as “dealing with radicalized expression,” according to an official summary document of the confab. By “radicalized expression,”globalists and the UN are referring to conservative viewpoints, anti-UN sentiment, support for traditional values, nationalist or anti-globalist expression, and more. Another subject discussed at the IGF was “the importance of addressing online abuse,” an increasingly transparent ploy intended to justify online censorship.
Officially, the UN summit focused on “Internet and sustainable development; access and diversity; youth and gender challenges pertaining to the Internet; the protection and promotion of human rights online; cybersecurity; the need to enhance multi-stakeholder cooperation; critical Internet resources; Internet governance capacity building; and other emerging issues that may affect the future of the open Internet.” All the PR-friendly rhetoric sounded innocent enough — at first glance.
Translating the UN’s misleading terminology, though, reveals a deeply controversial agenda to assault online and offline freedom worldwide. Consider, for example, that by “sustainable development,” the UN is referring to massive government controls over the economy, reducing the human population, assaulting private property ownership, redistributing wealth from what remains of the Western middle class to Third World dictators, and more. This has been made clear even by top UN officials.
When the UN speaks of protecting “human rights,” meanwhile, consider that the UN has a very different definition than the God-given rights protected by the U.S. Constitution. Under the guise “human rights,” for example, the UN has called for criminalizing free speech, destroying gun rights, regulating private schools to promote UN dogma, ignoring due-process protections, and many other totalitarian schemes. The UN’s pseudo-“human rights” Council is literally dominated by mass-murdering dictators and unfree regimes that are among the worst abusers of real rights on the planet. And in its Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN explicitly claims in Article 29 that none of those “rights” may be “used contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.”
“By “radicalized expression,”globalists and the UN are referring to conservative viewpoints, anti-UN sentiment, support for traditional values, nationalist or anti-globalist expression, and more. Another subject discussed at the IGF was “the importance of addressing online abuse,” anincreasingly transparent ploy intended to justify online censorship.”
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“Under the guise “human rights,” for example, the UN has called for criminalizing free speech, destroying gun rights, regulating private schools to promote UN dogma, ignoring due-process protections, and many other totalitarian schemes.”