Should United Nations be granted more control over the Internet?
A geopolitical challenges, where many member nations are in favor of United Nations control of the internet. The same United Nations — which was established to maintain international peace and security. The proposal backed by China, Russia, India and Brazil.
It will be voted on by 193 countries, with one vote per country, giving smaller nations the same leverage as others. U.S. companies such as AT&T Inc., Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp. are backing a U.S. effort to block a United Nations agency from extending its powers to the Internet.
U.S. government officials are gearing up for a December meeting in Dubai where delegations from 193 countries will discuss whether the UN should have more say over how the Internet is organized and controlled.
A report delivered at the World Conference on International Telecommunications will include commentary on proposals from all over the world. The conference, set to be held December in Dubai, will include the renegotiation of the 1988 International Telecommunication Regulation treaty. That international agreement deregulated telecommunications across the globe and paved the way for the spread of the Internet.
On Thursday the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a hearing on “International Proposals to Regulate the Internet.” The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) plans to take Internet regulation up as one of its tasks at its World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai this December.
“We’re quite concerned,” Larry Strickling, the head of the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, said in an interview with The Hill earlier this year.
He said the measure would expose the Internet to “top-down regulation where it’s really the governments that are at the table, but the rest of the stakeholders aren’t.”
Vinton Cerf, known as one of the “fathers of the Internet,” has written a New York Times op-ed opposing UN involvement in the internet.
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