November 14, 2003 ( – An ambitious, some would say megalomaniac, plan to place the Internet under the auspices of the United Nations will likely be temporarily shelved at next month’s world information summit in Geneva, December 10-12.  “They’re no longer going to try to agree on this,” a UN official said last week. Promoters of the plan say the Internet is a public resource. National governments should step in and, at an international level, an intergovernmental body such as the International Telecommunications Union should regulate the Internet.  Spam (unwanted advertising), privacy and security issues, hate speech and child pornography have reportedly “convinced many governments of the need for international regulation and enforcement,” one report says.  For newswire coverage:


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