Not All UN Bodies Are Trying to ‘Take Over’ the Internet: Multistakeholder Governance Shines at UNESCO by Leslie Harris, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology

Last December’s World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), hosted by the ITU in Dubai, revealed a broad spectrum of views about the future of the Internet. Many commentators have focused on the binary outcome: more than 50 countries, including the U.S. and the EU nations, did not sign the treaty, while Russia and China were vocal proponents of more centralized, government-led control of the Internet. But that’s nothing new, and the reality is that most nations, whether they signed the treaty or not, fall somewhere in between.

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