A Note to Congress: The United Nations Isn't a Serious Threat to Internet Freedom—But You Are
Yours truly writing with Adam Thierer in The Atlantic about the bipartisan congressional resolution that passed today against UN regulation of the Internet:
From the tone of the hearing, and the language of the House resolution, we are being asked to believe that “the position of the United States Government has been and is to advocate for the flow of information free from government control.”
If only it were true. The reality is that Congress increasingly has its paws all over the Internet. Lawmakers and regulators are busier than ever trying to expand the horizons of cyber-control across the board: copyright mandates, cybersecurity rules, privacy regulations, speech controls, and much more.
Perhaps the lesson here is that Congress is commendable only when it is being hypocritical.