International Governance

The New York Times on WCIT

By Paul Rosenzweig
Thursday, December 13, 2012, 11:29 AM

The Times has an op-ed today on the WCIT conference in Dubai.  Who knows, maybe this is one Ben will agree with. :-).  Here's the opening:

Representatives of 193 countries are meeting in Dubait o update a treaty known as the International Telecommunication Regulations that was last negotiated in 1988 and governs the exchange of telephone traffic between countries.

But a group of countries led by Russia and China are trying to use the deliberations, the first in 24 years and taking place under United Nations auspices, to undermine the open spirit of the Internet.

The United States, the European Union and other countries have rightly resisted any such effort, which is also supported by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Algeria, Iraq and Bahrain. It is bad enough that most of these countries already restrict the online speech of their citizens, but now they want international law to endorse their control and censorship of the Internet and possibly even tighten control in ways that would make it harder for users to get information online and allow governments to monitor Internet traffic more readily.