Jun 22, 2012

Calm down, the ITU isn’t about to take over the internet

Hysteria about a UN "takeover of the internet" hides the reality that the ITU is irrelevant to telecommunications.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

One of the current alarums and excursions online is the suggested threat of the International Telecommunications Union to the internet. The ITU, a United Nations body, is currently revising its now-ancient (1988) International Telecommunications Regulations in a process that will culminate in a meeting in Dubai in December.

The UN, its bureaucracy and acceptance of dictatorial régimes the world over, is anathema to cyber libertarianism. The prospect of the dead hand of the UN trying to impose itself on the internet has produced considerable heat online, particularly from US commentators, but not much in the way of actual light or evidence of any cyber land-grab.

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  1. Edward James

    I just tried to listen to an American radio station on line in fact any station. What a pain trying to simply listen to a local radio station. Yes i did find one but truthfully it was not worth the effort. When will we have these freedoms talked about so often? I was surfing the WWW because what i had access to here in NSW was not worth the effort either ! Edward James

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