Crovitz: “Would be Internet regulators (the UN’s ITU) need deleting” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324001104578167242735088684.html …”
In a referendum among the world’s two billion Internet users, how many would vote to transfer control of the Internet to the United Nations? Perhaps 100,000, an estimate based on the number of top officials ruling the most authoritarian countries, whose power is threatened by the open Web. Under the one country, one vote rule of the U.N., these 100,000 people trump the rest of the two billion. It only takes a majority of the 193 countries in the U.N. to hijack the Internet. The International Telecommunications Union is hosting a conference in Dubai, where many countries are eager to extend the agency’s role beyond telecommunications to regulate the Internet. The two -week conference is half over, with meddlesome proposals from China, Russia and other authoritarian regimes dominating the discussion. A U.S. -Canadian proposal would have limited topics to telecommunications, excluding the Internet. Top U.S. negotiator Terry Kramer said in a call with the media last week that the State Department believes that “fundamentally, the conference should not be dealing with the Internet” and that the U.S. team was working “day and night” to find allies. But State didn’t respond to my follow-up question asking for an estimate of how many countries have pledged to keep hands off the Internet. This is likely a low percentage of the 193. Instead, authoritarian governments want to legitimize government censorship, tax Internet traffic that crosses national boundaries and mandate that ITU bureaucrats replace the nongovernmental engineering groups now smoothly running the Internet.
Justice probe nets Iran nuclear procurement ring – The Washington Post
…..”While U.S. officials have prosecuted similar cases in recent years, the new indictment is considered unusual because the suspects’ shopping list involved so many highly specialized metals and parts known to be sought by Iran for its nuclear program. Among them was maraging steel, a type of high -strength metal used to make advanced gas centrifuges for uranium enrichment.
“This case confirms Iran’s persistence in seeking high -tech goods for its centrifuge program in Europe and the United States,” said David Albright, a former U.N. nuclear inspector who has studied Iran’s nuclear procurement efforts for more than a decade. “Iran remains dependent on foreign supply for many vital goods for its centrifuge program.”
The indictment, returned on Thursday by a grand jury in Washington, names as co -conspirators Paviz Khaki, an Iranian citizen, and Zhongcheng Yi, a Chinese man described as a director of a Chinese company that allegedly facilitated clandestine efforts by Iran to acquire technology and parts. Khaki was arrested in May by authorities in the Philippines following a joint investigation, and Yi is still being sought, court documents said. Two other alleged participants in the scheme were indicted but not named .”….
…”The defector, Wang Lijun, was turned away after 30 hours inside the U.S. Consulate Chengdu and given over to China’s Ministry of State Security, the political police and intelligence service.
Wang has not been seen since Feb. 7 and remains under investigation. His attempt to flee China set off a major power struggle within the ruling Communist Party and led to the ouster of leftist Politburo member Bo Xilai and the arrest of his wife on murder charges.”…
RRD:The author below argues that TOR could be outlawed under the E-Parasite bill.The E-Parasite bill is the U.S. House’s even more draconian version of the Senate’s PIPA,(The Protect Ip act).TOR(The Onion Router) is a free web service used by political dissidents throughout the globe,Iran,China etc. to bypass their Dictatorship’s control of the Internet.Frankly I’m not sure that the bill goes that far;but if it does,& those lobbying for,& supporting the E-Parasite bill know that it does,then they have gone beyond “just” defacto censorship,& indifference to individual rights,to enabling murderous tyrannies.For the record,unlike some individuals,I do wholeheartedly support the rights of copyright holders.I also support the right of children not to be sexually molested,yet I would not support a anti-pedophile bill that required that all Americans submit their DNA to the state,or one that permitted house-to-house searches.That something should be illegal does not mean that anything proposed to stop the unlawful act should automatically be approved.The sin of the Copyright Lobby is not that they seek to protect their rights,but that they seek to protect their rights without any regard to the rights of others. PROTECT-IP Act Becomes E-PARASITE (And Gets Much Worse) – HotHardware http://hothardware.com/m/News/PROTECTIP-Act-Becomes-EPARASITE-And-Gets-Much-Worse/Default.aspx istorically, the movie and music industries have railed against inventions like radio, the ability to record musical performances, home video, movie rentals, and MP3 players. Onetime MPAA president Jack Valenti famously predicted that VCR’s would utterly destroy the movie industry if viewers were allowed to tape TV broadcasts. The new law would also allow the Attorney General to take legal action against anyone who provides services or creates a product designed to bypass such blocks—the anonymous browsing service Tor would almost certainly be illegal, as would nearly any software product that includes DVD ripping. The House version o