Stop the Net Grab

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Equal Times

Nov 20, 2012 — An unfettered internet, free of political control and available to everyone could be relegated to cyber-history under a contentious proposal by a little known United Nations body.

Telecommunications ministers from 193 countries will meet behind closed doors in Dubai next month to debate plans to hand control over the internet to the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

The move has sparked a ferocious, under-the-radar diplomatic war between a powerful bloc of nations, led by China, who want to exert greater control on the net – and democracies determined to preserve the free-wheeling, open architecture of the World Wide Web.

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