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Submission + - Touting Snowden, Russia Again Demands UN Takeover of Internet (

Lauren Weinstein writes: It was only late last year that freedom-loving Internet users around the world were transfixed with concern regarding a possible United Nations takeover of the Internet — largely pushed by Russia and other repressive regimes.

A massive effort to fight back against this was triggered, including this strong campaign by Google, which I supported.

The threat from the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) was fought back for the moment — and we all gave a sigh of relief.

But now, in a clear demonstration that actions do have consequences, often unintended ones, "The New York Times" reports that Russia is again demanding a UN Internet takeover of exactly the sort repressive governments around the world have long been lusting after, and using Edward Snowden's continued presence in Russia as a foundation for this new thrust.

Acting as a catalyst for a crackdown against freedom of speech on the Net was certainly not Snowden's intention — quite the opposite, it's reasonable to assume.

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