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Small business and the Internet governance debate

How do you like being able to log-in to the World Wide Web and “go” anywhere, “talk” to anyone, see anything and pretty much do anything that’s possible in cyberspace? Me, too. In fact, as someone who once made a living using an ink pen, carbon paper, an Underwood Five typewriter and the U.S. Postal Service, the things we can do today on the Internet are nothing short of magic.

But what would you say if I told you that there are forces around the world that are plotting to wrest control of the Internet from the currently successful stewards of this great global democratizer? What if I told you that one of these forces is the United Nations? That’s a nightmare thought, right?

Well, it’s true. The U.N. and various governments around the globe are apoplectic at the fact that the private sector, not governments, are primarily managing the Internet. They believe that, by definition, Internet governance should be handled by governments. God help us if that ever happens.

In the past year or so there have been several Internet Governance Forums (IGF) around the world, and there will be others next year, where interested parties come together to debate how the Internet will be managed (read: controlled) in the future. Every commercial entity on the planet should be participating in this very important debate. Businesses cannot afford to let the Internet fall into the hands of organizations like the U.N.

Recently I discussed this issue on my small business radio program with someone who has been working tirelessly on behalf of the marketplace in general and small business in particular. Steve DelBianco has attended all of the IGF events and, while there, has made the case for unfettered access to the Internet by commercial users. Steve, vice president for corporate affairs at the Association for Competitive Technology, filed a report about the IGF progress on my show, and I urge you to listen to my conversation with him, to maintain your awareness of this debate and to support those organizations, like Steve’s, that represent us there. And don’t forget to leave a comment.

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