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Obituary: The independence of Internet

Born free Internet will breathe its last once the authoritarian governments-led ITU-members sign a revised ITR at 1330 GMT today at the end of fortnight-long WCIT 2012 in Dubai. United States and its West European allies along with Australia, Japan, Philippines, Poland, Egypt, Kenya and Czech Republic are, predictably, not signing this controversial treaty.

It will give the ailing ITU a monstrous power to regulate Internet the way it governs international phone calls. This phenomenon is feared to damage the digital economy. Yet the control-freak governments are tightening their grips over the net in the name of national interest. Reuters reports.

1 Comment to Obituary: The independence of Internet

  1. Rohan Samarajiva's Gravatar Rohan Samarajiva
    December 14, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    It appears that the rumors of the death of Internet have been greatly exaggerated. Details follow.


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