Next month, the world’s governments will meet in Dubai to decide whether to expand the scope of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) treaty to include regulating the Internet, a move that would mark a significant shift from the current status quo of global Internet governance.
Since the early days of the Internet, a variety of bodies and working groups have engaged in Internet governance. That process has customarily been open, to varying extents, to participation by expert stakeholders from governments, businesses, and civil society. In contrast, the ITU is a relatively closed, non-transparent, government-centric body and its treaty currently does not cover fundamental issues of Internet governance and policy, such as technical standards, peering arrangements, address allocation, or content regulation.
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