The Heritage Foundation is in full agreement with the Obama administration’s refusal to sign over more control of the internet to the International Telecommunication Union at the United Nations.
To its great credit, the Obama administration has refused to sign on to a United Nations agreement that would have put more of the Internet under international governance and potentially curtailed the freedom that has allowed it to thrive.
This is consistent with what Heritage Foundation scholars Brett Schaefer and James Gattuso recommended. It’s definitely encouraging that the U.S. took this same position.
The United Nations agreement, they argued, is deeply flawed. “At best, this is unnecessary, as the Internet is doing quite well under the current framework,” they explained. “At worst, the expansion will allow the U.N.—parent organization of the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) —to stifle the Web.”