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WCIT fails to establish consensus on updated ITRs

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 14 December 12

U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia among nations refusing to sign up to new treaty on concerns it could be pave way for Web censorship.

The ITU claimed success in its bid to update the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) on Friday; however, delegates from the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia are among a number that have refused to sign up to the new rules on the grounds that some could pave the way for Web censorship, while others could give greater control of the Internet to national governments. ITU secretary general Hamadoun Touré maintained that the two-week-long talks taking place at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai were never intended to be about governing the Internet, or Web content. "The word 'Internet' was repeated throughout this conference and I believe this is simply a recognition of the current reality &ndash…

The ITU claimed success in its bid to update the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) on Friday; however, delegates from the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia are among a number that have refused to sign up to the new rules on the grounds that some could pave the way for Web censorship, while others could give greater control of the Internet to national governments. ITU secretary general Hamadoun Touré maintained that the two-week-long talks taking place at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai were never intended to be about governing the Internet, or Web content. "The word 'Internet' was repeated throughout this conference and I believe this is simply a recognition of the current reality &ndash…

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