Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Senator Rubio opposes UN Internet regulation

From: The Hill's Hillicon Valley

The Lede: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a resolution on Wednesday urging the Obama administration to fight efforts to give a United Nations agency more control over the Internet.
The measure is a counterpart to Rep. Mary Bono Mack's (R-Calif.) nearly identical resolution in the House.

Proposals to give the U.N.'s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more control over the governance of the Internet could come up at a conference in Dubai in December. The proposals, reportedly backed by China, Russia and other U.N. members, would give the international body more control over cybersecurity, data privacy, technical standards and the Web’s address system.

The Obama administration has already strongly come out against such proposals.

The Internet is currently governed under a “multi-stakeholder” approach that gives power to a host of nonprofits rather than governments.

Rubio's resolution would urge the administration to "promote a global Internet free from government control and preserve and advance the successful multistakeholder model that governs the Internet today."



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