I had no idea any of this had taken place... Is this a real concern...?
"Friends of freedom breathed a sigh of relief last November when the World Summit on the Information Society held in Tunis came to a close without control of the Internet being ceded to a collection of foreign governments under the auspices of the United Nations.
Although the international confabulation was unsuccessful in wresting control from the U.S.-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) -- a quasi-governmental non-profit organization -- Tunis was just the opening gambit in the UN’s drive for control. We face a long, drawn out battle to preserve the freedom and independence of the World Wide Web.
It's hardly a mystery why the UN, the EU and their global allies want to seize control of the Internet. As we are witnessing in China today with massive government censorship of Google, Yahoo, Cisco and other Internet companies, repressive governments view the Net with fear and loathing. The Internet is a revolutionary medium for the free, unfettered flow of information, a hugely liberating engine of free speech and commerce. Dictators, autocrats, Islamofacists, Maoist and Marxist regimes -- all want to control and censor the Net in their countries, restrict information and access, suppress dissent and squelch speech." (Read the rest of the story)