Declan: Should the UN run the Internet?

In his column this week, Declan McCullagh explores recent debate around proposed expansion of United Nations involvement in managing 'Net architecture.
The United Nations wants to expand its influence over the Internet, but would it be wise to let that happen? That question follows the conclusion of a two-day U.N. summit last week, in which delegates from sundry countries such as Cuba, Ghana, Bolivia and Venezula lectured North American, Asian and European countries about how best to run the Internet. Their demands varied, but the bottom line was the same: They want a piece of the action in just about every way. The event's agenda was breathtakingly broad, taking in everything from spam and privacy to intellectual property, network security and the operation of root domain name servers.