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(AFP) — The United Nations on Friday approved a Russian-led bid that aims to create a new convention on cybercrime, alarming rights groups and Western powers that fear a bid to restrict online freedom.

The General Assembly approved the resolution sponsored by Russia and backed by China, which would set up a committee of international experts in 2020.

The panel will work to set up “a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes,” the resolution said.

The United States, European powers and rights groups fear that the language is code for legitimizing crackdowns on expression, with numerous countries defining criticism of the government as “criminal.”

China heavily restricts internet searches to avoid topics sensitive to its communist leadership, as well as news sites with critical coverage.

A number of countries have increasingly tried to turn off the internet, with India cutting off access in Kashmir in August after it stripped autonomy to the Muslim-majority region and Iran taking much of the country offline as it cracked down on protests in November.

“It is precisely our fear that (a new convention) would allow the codification at an international and global level of these types of controls that’s driving our opposition and our concerns about this resolution,” a US official said.

Any new UN treaty that spells out internet controls would be “inimical to the United States’ interests because that doesn’t tally with the fundamental freedoms we see as necessary across the globe,” he said.

Human Rights Watch called the UN resolution’s list of sponsors “a rogue’s gallery of some of the earth’s most repressive governments.”

“If the plan is to develop a convention that gives countries legal cover for internet blackouts and censorship, while creating the potential for criminalizing free speech, then it’s a bad idea,” said Human Rights Watch’s Louis Charbonneau.

The United States argues that the world should instead expand its sole existing accord on cybercrime, the 2001 Budapest Convention, which spells out international cooperation to curb copyright violations, fraud and child pornography.

Russia has opposed the Budapest Convention, arguing that giving investigators access to computer data across borders violates national sovereignty.

The Budapest Convention was drafted by the Council of Europe, but other countries have joined, including the United States and Japan.

A new UN treaty on cybercrime could render the Budapest Convention obsolete, further alarming rights groups.

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UN Begins Process of Handing Internet Control to Ruthless Dictators

DECEMBER 28, 2019

We've known this has been coming for a couple of years. Dissatisfied with control of the internet largely in the hands of western democracies -- especially the United States -- the dictators and religious fanatics of the world have begun the process to seize control of the internet where, I'm sure, you won't be able to insult Islam, call Vladimir Putin a thug, or criticize the Chinese communists.

The United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution that would set up a "committee of experts" whose mission would be to stop “the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes.”

Since many countries make it a crime to criticize the government or insult Islam, the resolution does not bode well for internet freedom in the near future.


Human Rights Watch said the list of sponsors for the resolution is “a rogue’s gallery of some of the earth’s most repressive governments” and “gives countries legal cover for internet blackouts and censorship, while creating the potential for criminalizing free speech.”Governments like China already censor and turn off the Internet during times of civil unrest while doling out ‘social credit score’ punishments for those who criticize the state.

The Communist country is also rolling out a plan to force its citizens to pass a facial recognition test to use the Internet. Criticized the authorities? No Internet for you.​

There's a lot at stake for the free world and the U.S.

As we previously highlighted, the United Nations global compact on migration expanded the definition of ‘hate speech’ to make it a crime to criticize mass immigration.Under a second Trump administration the U.S. is almost certain to ignore any UN attempt to impose its hegemony over the Internet, but if the Democrats win in 2020 it could be a very different story.​

The Obama administration eagerly gave away the power to control domain names by internationalizing ICANN -- Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. What sorts of mischief do you think Democrats could stir up by kowtowing to Iran, China, or Russia?

The internet is no longer in its infancy. What it will look like in 10 years will largely be determined by what we do today. There are a lot of people who want to destroy the inherently free nature of information exchange because they don't like what some people are writing or showing.

Perhaps the best efforts of dictators to control what their citizens see online will fail to stifle dissent. But is that a chance we really want to take?

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Since their Hen didn't win her election in 2016, they have seen their NWO regime attacked by DJT. Climate change reparations (to be paid by us), gun control (go Czech, boo to NZ) have had setbacks they weren't planning on.

IMO, the Brussels Cabal needs to be dismantled. leave the common currency for ease of trade but dismantle the tyrannical powers they seem to have been given. Then do the same to the UN. We need to get the UN out of the US and get us out of the UN. l\Let the rest of the countries pay the expenses in money and lives we do.
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Those parasites at the UN proved their worth(lessness) once again, with this myopic choice. They are all really just in it for the goldbricking, as long as they can extend it. Neither China, Russia, or ANY OTHER COUNTRY is willing to deal with the financial and political millstone around their neck, that the U.N. has become to the USA, these last 50 years.

The UN is an embarrassment to the U.S. Public, an impediment to the national government, as well as the city and State of N.Y, and a distraction to the President.
The UN needs to be defunded, and those funds need be re-directed to stopping the flow of Illegal Aliens to our own country. The over 10 BILLION dollars the US is wasting,
ANNUALLY, on those ungrateful steak chewer's silk sheets, pedicures, and limosines urgently needs to be re-purposed to help our own Nation survive.

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Big brother is coming folks, Big Brother is coming!
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