A cabal of countries, including Cuba, Syria, China and Iran–now backed by the European Union–is demanding that control of the Internet be surrendered to the United Nations.

These and other thug-nations restrict their own citizens’ ability to receive and broadcast news and grievances from inside their blood-soaked walls. China, for instance, currently has many individuals jailed for being “cyber-dissidents” and it engages in massive censorship of the Internet. It recently passed a law mandating that only “healthy and civilized” news may be read by its citizens–to be determined, of course, by the same “civilized” officials who brought us Tiananmen Square.

This world-wide web of tyrannies, hiding behind the veneer of technical complaints, now seeks to control not just what its own citizens are able to see and say on the Internet, but what every individual on the face of the planet is able to see and say. If the UN is given control of the Internet, we can expect free trade and freedom of speech to be crushed.

The Internet was created in and by the land of the free, America. It has now become the object of an alarming power-grab by the world’s dictatorships and their puppet, the UN. America must not surrender its citizens’ freedom to the mercy of a debating society for dictators.

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Yaron Brook

Dr. Brook is the president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.