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U.S., U.K. and Canada all say ‘no way’ to the United Nations’ Internet regulation plan

Published Dec 13th, 2012 9:10PM EST
United Nations Internet

The United Nations’ push to apply old telecom regulations to the Internet has been pretty unpopular with several Internet freedom advocates, including Internet co-creator Vint Cerf. And now BBC News reports that at least three nations — the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada — have said they will not sign any treaty that would give “all states to have equal rights to the governance of the Internet.” Cerf and other critics of the U.N.’s efforts have contended that they could potentially add several damaging regulations to the Internet, as several authoritarian governments are likely to propose highly restrictive rules that would be damaging to freedom of speech and expression.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.