UN telecoms chief dismisses US Internet fears

DUBAI – The head of the UN telecommunications body insisted that a treaty to be put to member states for signature on Friday does not concern the Internet, dismissing US concerns about online freedoms.

“This conference is not about the Internet,” International Telecommunication Union chief Hamadoun Toure told a press conference ahead of a signing ceremony in Dubai that Washington has threatened to boycott.

“This conference has no effect on the Internet at all,” Toure insisted, adding that the only text that addresses the Internet is a non-binding resolution on fostering an enabling environment for growth.

Washington warned on Thursday that it would refuse to sign the updated treaty, saying it opened the door to government regulation of the Internet.

But Toure insisted that the treaty gave explicit protection to free speech.

“In the preamble, we have a special article,” he said.

“Member states affirm their commitment to implement these regulations in a manner that respects and upholds their human rights obligations.”

The head of the US delegation Terry Kramer said on Thursday that he could not sign the treaty as currently drafted because it included some language “seeking to insert governmental control over Internet governance.”

“The US has consistently believed and continues to believe that the (UN treaty) should not extend to Internet governance or content,” he added.

US lawmakers had voted unanimously to oppose any efforts to give the United Nations new authority to regulate the Internet, and a variety of Internet activists and US firms, led by Google, had also warned against new regulations.

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  • joboni96

    ‘opened the door to government regulation of the Internet’

    ayaw ng imperyalistang u.s. ito
    mawawala ang numero 1 nilang

    1. brainwasher
    2. intelligence gatherer

    the internet


       Brainwasher pala ang internet bakit nandito ka?

      • joboni96

        para masalba mga katulad mong
        kolonisadong utak
        bago maging collaborator

        works both ways cant you see

        kaya joboni a day
        keeps the imperyalista and hegemonista away

        kaya make it a habit

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SWBCXJ6H7YYSGTTUS7NIL2GJWI Ale

    The Philippine Government should follow the footstep of the US Government not to ratify this treaty. This will lead to death of the Internet.

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