ITU: Russia and China withdraw the proposal to regulate Internet
These days the convention is taking place in ITU (International Telecommunications Union), a summit where the organization sought a consensus with the idea that governments have more control over Internet. ITU was asserting its power as the world’s structure revolving telecom operators in the world. A regulation that has been reversed in a few hours. Russia and China, its leading proponents, have withdrawn the proposal .
The coalition led by the two countries seem to have heard numerous protests from various sectors, including from Google or the European Parliament , who came to adopt a resolution against the attempt to censor the net.
And is that negotiations on this treaty marked the largest effort to date by governments to agree on how, or if necessary, regulate cyberspace.
Given the idea have been numerous criticisms. Most Western countries have opposed a new global treaty. United States, Canada, Europe and many other lead actors have tried to imply that you can not limit the scope of the network through governments.
One idea that was opposed to Russia, China and many Arab countries, aiming to provide greater government power network sobe pushing to extend the treaty beyond telecom operators.
Representatives from some 150 countries, members of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), have been negotiating the new treaty in recent days at the convention in Dubai, a treaty that was last revised in 1988, before the arrival of the World Wide Web.
The Russian-led proposal would have allowed countries blocking websites or even take control of address assignment currently overseen by ICANN.
An ITU spokesman said that the plan has been scrapped and that Russia and China have finally reversed the proposal. Still not quite dead. Terry Kramer U.S. ambassador at the convention, said that:
We welcome the decision to drop the plan which led Russia, but these issues remain on the table for discussion of other ways for the rest of the conference.
The Russian proposal was finally aborted “approved” by China, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan and the UAE, who have insisted that the document would otherwise deal. According to a Western delegate who spoke to the news agency:
The document can get to the last moment. There are plenty of similar proposals, so do not think this represents a conclusion and could be just a ploy.
UTI usually makes decisions by consensus, but still, if the parties do not reach an agreement, there could be a final vote in the United States and its allies are in minority.
Until Friday of this week will remain in the air the idea of an Internet regulated by governments. United States and most Western countries are clear. The network has no impact on governments and should not try to regulate and allow governments to undermine freedom of expression, reduce anonymity online or censor Internet content.Tags: China, ITU, Russia