US Internet Control To Be Main Topic in Rio

It looks as though the next meeting of the UN’s Internet Governance Forum is about to descend into another heated debate about US control of key Internet systems. Although the initial purpose of this year’s summit was to cover such issues as spam, free speech and cheaper access, it appears that nations such as China, Iran, and Russia, among others, would rather discuss US control of the Internet. In meetings leading to up to the second annual meeting of the IGF in Rio de Janiero on Monday, these nations won the right to hold an opening-day panel devoted to critical Internet resources. While a number of countries wanting to internationalise Internet control simply want to have more say over policies such as creating domain names in languages other than English, we can only speculate what additional motives might be driving nations that heavily censor the Internet and lock down the flow of information across it — via Slashdot

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