The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai failed to reach consensus today, leaving many delegates frustrated after nearly two weeks of intense deliberations.
The United States, joined by a growing list of countries, has declared that it will not sign the revised International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs). Many of those rejecting the treaty text, which included the United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, Australia, and the Czech Republic, cited concern about treaty provisions on the Internet-related issues of security and spam, as well as a Resolution explicitly addressing future ITU involvement in Internet policy. These nations expressed a commitment to open, transparent, multistakeholder models of Internet governance and frustration about the government-centric, top-down decision-making approach of the ITU. They were joined by an increasing group of treaty skeptics, including Sweden, Kenya, Costa Rica, Japan, and the Philippines, who announced that they must engage in further consultations with stakeholders back home and were unlikely to sign on by Friday.
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