Paul Joseph Watson
June 19, 2013
The head of Russia’s cyberspace policy today called for global governments to react to the NSA spy scandal by creating a United Nations-style body that would have regulatory control over the Internet – including a web kill switch.
During a speech at a specially arranged meeting initiated by the upper house of the Russian parliament, Information Society Development Commission head Ruslan Gattarov called for a newly created group to control the world wide web, “So that everyone, not only the US, has access to the master switch.”
Gattarov made reference to the creation of the UN after World War II in calling for a similar organization to have authority over the Internet.
The special session was called in response to recent revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden that the NSA has been downloading information “directly” from the servers of the likes of Facebook, Google and Microsoft under a vast spying operation called PRISM.
Gattarov called for an international investigation into the scandal, remarking, “We cannot let this issue sink into an abyss, as many people desire, we will not allow the question to vanish without result.”
Last November, representatives from 200 governments attended the World Conference on International Telecommunications, during which participants advocated that control over the Internet be handed to the International Telecommunications Union, which is the United Nations’ specialized agency for information and communication technologies.
As Alex Newman reported, the controversial plan discussed at the conference would, “allow governments to shut down the Web if they claimed it could “interfere” in the internal affairs of other UN member regimes.”