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Conference on UN Internet Treaty Begins


December 3, 2012

Regulators from 193 countries are in Dubai for the World Conference on International Telecommunications, and some say the discussions may threaten the future of the Internet, reports BBC News. EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes tweeted, “The Internet works; it doesn’t need to be regulated by ITR treaty,” and Google representatives say the conference is a threat to the “open Internet.” But the report states that the UN International Telecommunications Union says action is needed to ensure investment in infrastructure and insists that, rather than a majority view, common ground is needed before any changes will be made to the treaty. Editor’s Note: For more on this topic, see “Privacy worries surround UN Internet regulations” from the September issue of The Privacy Advisor.
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