A debate over how the global internet is governed is set to dominate a meeting of officials in Dubai next week.

Many countries are pushing to give the United Nations regulatory powers despite opposition from the US and others. It is felt that this could spell the end of the open internet.

The 12 day conference of the International Telecommunications Union , an arm of the United Nations, aims to update a longstanding treaty on how telecom companies interact across borders, will also tackle other topics such as extending wireless coverage into rural areas.

Countries where internet access is restricted by governments such as China and Russia would have a greater leverage over internet content and service providers of they were backed up by an international agreement.

Find out more about the ITU conference and what it could mean for the open internet on Reuters.

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