The U.N. General Assembly on Friday, Dec. 27, approved a resolution sponsored by China and Russia calling for the establishment of a committee of “international experts” whose role would be to stop “the use of information and communication technologies for criminal purposes,” reported France 24.
However, many experts warn that this measure simply represents a back door for totalitarian regimes to censor the global network.
According to AFP, the United States, European powers, and groups that defend freedoms fear that this measure will serve to legitimize attacks on freedom of expression, because the governments of numerous countries are calling the criticism against them “criminal.”
Several countries have tried to restrict or directly prevent access to the Internet.
A clear example is the Chinese communist regime, which restricts internet searches that affect the reputation of its leaders, as well as news sites that provide critical coverage or report on its abuses of human rights, freedom of expression or belief, which are very common under that totalitarian regime.
The Chinese regime also censors and disconnects the Internet in times of civil unrest, while imposing ‘social credit score’ penalties on those who criticize the government, and implementing a plan to force its citizens to pass a facial recognition test to use the Internet.
Human Rights Watch said the resolution’s list of sponsors is “a rogue’s gallery of some of the Earth’s most repressive governments” and gives countries legal coverage for internet blackouts and censorship, while creating the potential to criminalize free speech.
“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 , reported AFP.
Meanwhile, Washington believes the 2001 Budapest convention against cybercrime, which calls for international cooperation to combat copyright violations, fraud, and child pornography, should be expanded.
Instead, Russia opposes such an agreement, arguing that giving researchers access to computer information across borders violates national sovereignty.
Critics of this new U.N. resolution believe that under the guise of “cyber security,” the globalist body is moving to discredit and shut down the existing Internet infrastructure in search of a new centralized and regulated global network.
However, if President Donald Trump is re-elected in 2020, it is unlikely that the United States will abide by any attempt by the U.N. to impose its hegemony on the internet.