Battle over Internet regulation wages on at ITU
The United States and Canada are trying to protect the Internet from new international regulations that could reduce the ability to remain anonymous online, but other countries have rejected a proposal the North Americans submitted, report Matt Smith and Joseph Menn at Reuters.
The proposal, which also has Europe's support, would allow the International Telecommunications Union, a branch of the United Nations, to apply new rules to telecom carriers, but not to Internet companies like Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG). But other countries, including some in Africa and the Middle East, as well as Russia, are seeking greater power over the Internet.
The ITU is trying to update its rules, which were written before the Internet and mobile devices dramatically changed the way people communicate. Developing countries and some authoritarian governments are looking for greater control over traffic, while the United States and others want to maintain the current level of regulation.
- see the Reuters article