The US House of Representatives will vote on a measure this week as to whether or not they will hand over regulation of the internet to the United Nation’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Other nations such as China, Russia, Brazil and India among other UN members are backing a proposal to put the control of internet regulation in the hands of the UN.
This would give the United Nations control over many aspects of the internet, including cybersecurity, data privacy, technical standards and the web address system. Currently the present operation of the internet is operated by various interests and not particularly government.
The Hill reports that Larry Strickling, who heads up the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, said the the measure would impose “top-down regulation where it’s really the governments that are at the table, but the rest of the stakeholders aren’t.”
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