Google enters debate on UN Internet control
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Google has jumped into the debate over a United Nations (UN) telecom gathering set to review regulations affecting the Internet, claiming it is "the wrong place" to make decisions about the future of the Web.
In a posting on its "take action" blog this week, Google said the December gathering of the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) comes amid "a growing backlash on Internet freedom." The ITU's World Conference on International Communications opening next month in Dubai will update global telecom rules for the first time since 1988, and some countries see this as an opportunity to set up new rules for the Internet.
United States (US) officials and lawmakers, along with a number of Internet activists, have expressed concern that proposals from China, Russia and other nations could threaten the open model of the Internet by giving the UN agency a greater role.
Google's statement said "the ITU is the wrong place to make decisions about the future of the Internet" because "only governments have a voice at the ITU," including some "that do not support a free and open Internet."