First off, let me point out that I'm a Canadian living in Japan. As for my race, I'm about as mixed-up as they get. So no, I don't think I entertain an American bias.
Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let me set myself up for some thorough flaming:
If we do it by population, then posting an anti-China website could have the "global net police" banging on your door. Or say religious extremeists, of any ilk, get control. Do you want to restrict you online posting to things acceptable to strict Islamic, or Christian, fundamentalists? Or will the court be more of a reflection of the U.N.?
I think all of kuro5hinís readers will agree that none of these will work. Placing control of something as significant as the future of the Internet and international relations in the hands of one particular group is foolish.
You, as so many in the U.S., just assume that it would be your local laws that would prevail in a world court.
No, US laws and regulations cannot and shall not prevail on the Internet. I said "world tribunal", not "Tribunal with global jurisdiction based on existing US legislation". There is a difference.
And what if the "international laws" conflict with your local, duly voted on and passed, laws? I really think your comment shows the U.S. elitism at it worst, whatever country you are actually inÖ The reality is that the various laws that each country imposes on it's citizens are so varied and contradictory, that it would be impossible to set a single, global law that didn't directly violate some countries local sovereign laws.
The question of national sovereignty is one that contiues to perplex political theorists and students of international affairs. Currently, the United Nations cannot adopt a resolution that contravenes a country's sovereignty. This, obviously, renders the UN impotent to effect any real, tangible change. As for illustrating ďU.S. elitism at it [sic] worstĒ: Iím probably doing a better job of promoting the interests of hamsters than I am of Americans.
The only solution I can find to this problem rests with the acknowledgement by everyone of a higher power to their respective nations. This isnít so much a shifting of fealties as it is the inclusion of another entity into our hierarchy of loyalties (individual --> family --> city --> country, and now planet). Until such time as one country is prepared to waive its claim to "sovereignty" for the betterment of the entire planet, we're going to be stuck in this rut and issues plaguing the entire planet will not be resolved. But thatís another story for another day.
"Myself when young did eagerly frequent / Doctor and Saint, and heard great Argument / About it and about: but evermore / Came out by the same Door as in I went." -- Omar Khayyam
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