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Putin’s plans for an International Internet Union gum up WCIT

For more than a year, we have been writing about the possibility of a Putin Putsch at the ITU, that there was no effective counter narrative, and that gullible characters like Sarkozy were being sucked into these plans.

Now journalists are making reference to the events that we blogged about:

The Russian move comes shortly after Moscow’s new domestic legislation that will allow it to block content deemed “extremist” and a year after President Vladimir Putin told ITU secretary-general Hamadoun Touré, “Russia was keen on pursuing the idea of establishing international control over the Internet, using monitoring and supervisory capabilities of the ITU.”

ITU Secretary General Toure has been denying he wants to take over the Internet. But it appears that there are others who want to give the Internet to the ITU.

The December 3-14 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, could collapse if Russia does not back off from its proposal to bring the Internet under the control of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), thereby subjecting the web to inter-governmental regulation.

At the conference’s plenary session, China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kazakhstan backed the Russian proposal, while the U.S., European nations, Japan and Australia vehemently opposed it. Internet’s inclusion in the ITU will be back on the table when the meet resumes on Monday. So far, India has remained silent on this crucial matter.

A similar divergence is beginning to emerge on language on cyber security within the purview of the ITU, an U.N. body.

Coverage from the Hindu.

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