International Governance

WCIT Developments -- Russian Proposals Withdrawn

By Paul Rosenzweig
Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 4:03 PM

For those who have been following the ITU's conference in Dubai on international internet governance (about which both Jack and I have written previously), this interesting bit of news:  Apparently the most far reaching of the regulatory proposals, advanced by the Russian delegation, have been withdrawn, possibly under threat of a US walkout.  From the reports:

In an extraordinary development late last night, [Sunday] Russia and its allies China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates withdrew a radical proposal to overhaul international telecommunications regulations which would have given national governments sweeping new powers to regulate global ICT service providers such as Facebook and Twitter as well as Internet governance.

If the news reports are correct, the WCIT is still considering proposals to modify the settlements regime to make the internet a source of revenue.