18 December 2012

A Narrow Internet Escape: The U.S. walks out of a U.N. conference just in time Wall Street Journal

The good news is that last week the U.S. walked out of a United Nations confab in Dubai to regulate the Internet. The not-so-good news is that the movement by unsavory governments to control the Web now has an official U.N. imprimatur, which can only lead to trouble.

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17 December 2012

The fight to keep a state-free internet Financial Times

The first gathering of world governments to debate the future of the internet has ended in dramatic discord, with 55 member states of a UN body refusing to sign a global treaty on international telecommunications. The collapse of the talks marks just the first battle in what will be an enduring global contest to define the governance and control of the internet in the 21st century.

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15 December 2012

WCIT: Message, if Murky, From U.S. to the World New York Times

At the global treaty conference on telecommunications here, the United States got most of what it wanted. But then it refused to sign the document and left in a huff.

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14 December 2012

US, UK and Canada refuse to sign UN's internet treaty BBC News

The US, Canada and UK have refused to sign an international communications treaty at a conference in Dubai.

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13 December 2012

Riches draw attention to internet groups: As countries struggle, the big success of companies such as Google has become hard to ignore Financial Times

What do a spat over the taxes that Google and Amazon pay in the UK and a multinational conference on the internet taking place in Dubai have in common?

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Vint Cerf: The Internet doesn't need the ITU's help Computerworld

Work under way to draft new regulations at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai this week could harm the Internet, warned Internet pioneer and Google executive Vint Cerf.

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U.N. summit rejects U.S., Europe hands-off-the-Internet plea CNET

Delegates to a United Nations summit agreed today that a U.N. body should take a more "active" role in shaping the future of the Internet, a move that had been opposed by the United States and its allies that had warned of greater government control.

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12 December 2012

Russia backtracks on internet governance proposals; Compromise emerges BBC News

Russian-backed proposals calling for 193 countries to be given "equal rights to manage the internet" have been pulled at a UN conference in Dubai.

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11 December 2012

Divisions over internet governance intensify in Dubai BBC News

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.

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10 December 2012

Russia, China alliance wants greater govt voice in Internet oversight Reuters

A Russia-led proposal calling for sweeping new governmental powers to regulate cyberspace could enable countries to block some Web locations and wrest control of allotting Internet addresses from a U.S.-based body.

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08 December 2012

Internet governance talks in jeopardy as Arab states, Russia ally Reuters

A landmark attempt to set global rules for overseeing the Internet threatened to fall apart on Friday as a rift pitting the United States and some Western countries against the rest of the world widened, participants in the talks said.

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07 December 2012

Drafters of Communications Treaty Are Split on Issue of Internet Governance New York Times

Nearly a week into a global conference to draft a treaty on the future of international telecommunications, delegates remain divided on a fundamental question: should the Internet feature in the discussions?

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ITU meeting 'no threat to free speech' by Dr Hamadoun Toure CNN

Modern communications are an essential foundation for the social and economic opportunities that everyone deserves. The World Conference on International Telecommunications, currently taking place in Dubai, is a golden opportunity to provide affordable connectivity for all, including the billions of people worldwide who cannot yet go online.

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06 December 2012

A global battle for internet freedom puts Leveson in perspective: There's no reason ethical standards have to slip online. The real challenge for journalism is how to make the internet pay by Timothy Garton Ash The Guardian

Are you reading this column in an ethical vacuum? Or on virtuous paper? Lord Justice Leveson's description of the internet as an "ethical vacuum" is one of the few missteps in his report on what we still Gutenberg-ishly call "the press". For the internet is not an ethical vacuum; it is an ethical battlefield. Across its vast virtual steppes there now rages one of the great power struggles of our time. The fate of authoritarian regimes such as China, and hence the future of freedom, will depend on the outcome.

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US House approves resolution to keep Internet control out of UN hands The Hill

The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a Senate resolution introduced by Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) that calls on the U.S. government to oppose United Nations control of the Internet.

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05 December 2012

The new push to control the internet by Paul Twomey ABC News

Paul Twomey looks at the new and old forces aligning in an effort to control what we do online.

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UN internet regulation talks in Dubai threaten web freedom The Guardian

It's not surprising that some confusion surrounds a telecommunications meeting that started this week in Dubai. The gathering, under the auspices of the United Nations, is called the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). It's seen widely in the internet community as a power grab by the UN's International Telecommunication Union, an agency that has had significant impact in the telecom arena for decades via standards-setting and various treaties among UN member states.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee flags UN net conference concerns BBC News

Sir Tim Berners-Lee - inventor of the world wide web - is the latest voice to raise concerns about a meeting of communication tech regulators in Dubai.

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The Internet's Future Depends on Maintaining Its Free Spirit by Vint Cerf MIT Technology Review

A great deal has happened in the 50 years since J.C.R. Licklider wrote his famous "Inter-Galactic Network" memo -- the first conception of what eventually became the Internet -- in April 1963.

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Internet revolution in crisis by Milton Mueller Index On Censorship

WCIT 12: Milton Mueller asks if governments are turning their backs on the global internet? A push to change the business model that delivers online content could stifle innovation and make the net an instrument of sovereignty, stuck behind national walled gardens

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04 December 2012

WCIT: Keep the Internet free and open by Vint Cerf Google

Starting in 1973, when my colleagues and I proposed the technology behind the Internet, we advocated for an open standard to connect computer networks together. This wasn't merely philosophical; it was also practical.

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03 December 2012

UN internet regulation treaty talks begin in Dubai BBC News

A UN agency is trying to calm fears that the internet could be damaged by a conference it is hosting.

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01 December 2012

Who Should Govern the Internet? A Future Tense Event Recap. Slate

You may have heard that at a summit next week, the International Telecommunications Union, a U.N. agency, will attempt to wrest control of the Internet. At a Future Tense event on Internet governance this morning, held at the New America Foundation in Washington, the rumor was soundly spanked by a host of experts. In reality, they said, the upcoming World Conference on International Communications in Dubai will likely just lead to ... more conversation.

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ITU goes on the defensive ahead of WCIT meeting; EU set to fight Internet tax and "spying" at global summit Network World

Companies and organizations that are convinced the International Telecommunication Union will try to take over the Internet during next week's World Conference on International Telecommunications don't understand what the meeting can decide on, said representatives of the UN body.

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30 November 2012

'Father of the internet': Why we must fight for its freedom by Vinton Cerf CNN

The internet empowers each one of us to speak, create, learn and share. Today, more than two billion people are online -- about a third of the planet.

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