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Internet Founder Expresses ITU Concerns

The founder of the World Wide Web yesterday spoke at the World Conference on International Telecommunications.

The conference is being hosted in Dubai and will discuss the prospect of a UN run agency to manage the internet.

A proposal put forward by Russia requests,

“Member states shall have equal rights to manage the internet, including in regard to the allotment, assignment and reclamation of internet numbering, naming, addressing and identification resources and to support for the operation and development of basic internet infrastructure.”

Concerns have been raised that there is no need to apply the same rules as the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) has in place for ‘telecommunications’ to the internet. Sir Tim Berners-Lee has expressed concerns, alongside many other nations and organisations regarding a number of requests for a universal regulation of the internet.

He states there are already a number of independent bodies in place doing a good job of managing the web. Internet standards organisations, such as the World Wide Web Consortium, headed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, already set standards of online practices and allow governments to influence their nation’s internet use.

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