UN Mulls Internet Regulation, Draws Criticism From Google, Others

Posted in: Governance at 18/12/2010 19:21

Together with word this week that the Federal Communications Commission will be voting on net neutrality rules comes news that the United Nations is mulling new efforts that could shape Internet regulation.

"At a meeting in New York on Wednesday, representatives from Brazil called for an international body made up of Government representatives that would attempt to create global standards for policing the internet - specifically in reaction to challenges such as WikiLeaks," wrote IT News.

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Google on Friday criticized the UN Committee on Science and Technology for excluding academics, non-profits, and other tech companies from a working group that will examine improvements to IGF, an Internet discussion forum.

Google has signed a petition calling on the committee to allow input from a variety of sources, Google's chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf said in a blog post.

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