Divisions over internet governance intensify in Dubai

Rival visions over governance of the internet have emerged at a UN conference in Dubai.Russia, the UAE and others are proposing that 193 countries have “equal rights to manage the internet” including its technical specifications.They want this stated in an international communications treaty.By contrast, the US wants to limit how the net features in the treaty’s regulations.It says that failure to do so could aid censorship, adding that its view is backed by many countries in Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20661932Also see:Russia abandons proposal for U.N. governance of Internet
A Russian-led coalition has withdrawn a controversial proposal to turn Internet governance over a United Nations agency, a plan opposed by Western governments during ongoing talks over an international communications treaty.The proposal, supported by China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and others, would have called on the U.N. to help member states seize control of key Internet engineering assets, including domain names, addresses, and numbering. The United States, Canada, France, Sweden, and others opposed the proposal, fearing that it could do grave harm to the current free and open Internet.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57558363-93/russia-abandons-proposal-for-u.n-governance-of-internet/Arab proposal prompts ‘impasse’ at UN net regulation talks
A UN meeting has set Britain, the United States and other Western countries against Arab States and Russia in a diplomatic battle over whether the internet should be more regulated.
www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9734512/Arab-proposal-prompts-impasse-at-UN-net-regulation-talks.htmlProposal for global regulation of web
Arab pitch at tech conference wins backing of China and Russia
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1b114d8c-422e-11e2-bb3a-00144feabdc0.htmlEditorial The internet does not need throttling
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6d30ca00-3afb-11e2-b3f0-00144feabdc0.htmlJohn Kampfner Beyond autocrats’ reach
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b4df686e-3a17-11e2-baac-00144feabdc0.htmlAccess Denied: The United Nations couldn’t control the Internet even if it wanted to.
The International Telecommunication Union, a special U.N. organization that is “committed to connecting all the world’s people,” is in the middle of 10 days of largely closed-doors meetings in Dubai, where the agenda seems more aimed at controlling global communications. In opening remarks to the 2,000 delegates from 193 countries, ITU Secretary General Hamadan Touré emphasized that cybersecurity should come first and, implicitly, that it should come under his purview. For all the commitments to openness that he and others profess, this conference is about the national security interests of states.For starters, Dr. Touré would like to see some form of U.N. control of Internet domain names and numbers, something currently administered by the private, nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). But this would hardly improve security by itself. There is a kind of naïve faith that if nation-states exert greater control over cyberspace-based communications, security will improve. China, Russia, and a host of other nations — most of them authoritarian — love the idea of more control, as this would enable greater censorship and erode individual privacy. Sadly, many liberal democratic states, out of a mix of economic and security concerns, go along with the idea of giving nations more authority to regulate cyber-communications.

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