Inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the latest voice to raise concerns about a meeting of communication tech regulators in Dubai.
Sir Tim has spoken of his concerns that some attendees at the global summit in Dubai would push for a UN agency to ‘run the internet’ rather than leaving it to the companies who are ‘already doing a good job’.
Among the proposals being considered at the summit is a clause put forward by Russia which says:
“Member states shall have equal rights to manage the internet, including in regard to the allotment, assignment and reclamation of internet numbering, naming, addressing and identification resources and to support for the operation and development of basic internet infrastructure.”
This has been interpreted by some as a starting point for domain name regulator Icann, the Internet Engineering Task Force and other organisations that oversee the internet’s technical specifications to be forced to be pass at least some of their powers to another body such as the ITU.
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