Talks in Dubai
this December could bring radical changes to the Net and who controls it. Some
want a body like the UN to rein in the Net's freewheeling nature.
Calls for a more regulated Internet are nothing new. But they have grown louder as the "network of networks" continues
to connect people socially and politically - more than two billion and
rising - while at the same time generating billions of dollars of revenue
through electronic commerce. Proposals to place the Internet under the control of a global authority,
like the International Telecommunication Union, a UN body, have resurfaced
ahead of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in
December. The conference in Dubai
will discuss and likely revise many of the current international
telecommunications regulations, which were originally agreed in 1988 - at
a time when the Net was largely unknown outside of academia. 'Facebook-generated' protests ... ... (read more) ...