United Nations telecom group denies accusations of internet takeover
- The accusations In recent weeks, a United Nations telecom agency, the the International Telecommunications Union, has faced accusations that it’s creating a venue for countries such as China and Russia to regulate the internet at an upcoming conference in Dubai. The secretive conference has spawned a Wikileaks-style site called WCITLeaks.org as a result. Some documents found suggest that an European providers lobby wants major U.S. sites to pay a tax to reach outside countries.
- The denials The group denies they or any member nations has plans for anything of the sort. “I’d be surprised if you could find anything that would support these sorts of allegations,” said top ITU spokesperson Sarah Parkes. “Internet governance is not an issue at this conference. Some of it will concern things like exchange, routing and roaming rates.” Despite this, a House committee is likely to pass a resolution strongly condemning the conference’s efforts in this regard. source
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