Both chambers of Congress already unanimously passed resolutions damning the trend of these perilous proposals earlier this year, and according to a State Department official on Thursday, the White House is following suit. Via the WFB:
“We will actively oppose the Russian proposal,” Terry Kramer, head of the U.S. delegation to a U.N. conference in Dubai, told reporters.
A Russian government proposal to amend a U.N. treaty at a meeting of the world body’s World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai next week contains a provision that calls for bringing “IP-based networks” under U.N. control. …
The Russian proposal to amend the treaty has the support of other non-democratic states such as China and Iran.
Kramer said in a conference call with news reporters that the Dubai conference is not supposed to be focused on Internet governance.
“If you look at the Russian proposal, it’s clearly focused on Internet governance,” he said. “It would basically move to governments the right to route traffic, to review content, and say that’s all a completely national matter—an extremely important precedent it would set for opening the doors, again, to more censorship.”
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