A License to Use the Internet?

A high ranking UN official says we need one, and a whole lot more:

The world needs a treaty to prevent cyber attacks becoming an all-out war, the head of the main UN communications and technology agency warned Saturday….

“We need a kind of World Health Organisation for the Internet,” he said….

He also called for a “driver’s license” for internet users.  “If you want to drive a car you have to have a license to say that you are capable of driving a car, the car has to pass a test to say it is fit to drive and you have to have insurance.”

If this were to go through and take effect worldwide, you can imagine the disastrous effects it could — and undoubtedly would — have on free communication and trade.  It sounds like it’s just a proposal now, but this is definitely something worth keeping an eye on.

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