The United Nations has disgraced itself immeasurably over the past month or so.
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Fresh off the scene from those two epic embarrassments, the UN now wants to tell governments of the world how to censor the internet. I wish I was kidding.
On Thursday, the organizations Broadband Commission for Digital Development released a damning world-wide wake-up call on what it calls cyber VAWG, or violence against women and girls. The report concludes that online harassment is a problem of pandemic proportion which, nbd, weve all heard before.
But the United Nations then goes on to propose radical, proactive policy changes for both governments and social networks, effectively projecting a whole new vision for how the Internet could work.
Under U.S. law the law that, not coincidentally, governs most of the worlds largest online platforms intermediaries such as Twitter and Facebook generally cant be held responsible for what people do on them. But the United Nations proposes both that social networks proactively police every profile and post, and that government agencies only license those who agree to do so.
People are being harassed online, and the solution is to censor everything and license speech? Remarkable.