A former telecommunications policy maker at the international organization, which is holding talks in Dubai to expand regulation of the Internet, warns that the group's conference is "absolutely absurd."
At a meeting earlier this month, the International Telecommunication Union reversed course and said that current U.S. "4G" technologies really are 4G.
Leaked document from U.N. agency shows it wants more involvement in "Internet-related technical, development and public policy issues." One critic says idea could have "deleterious effects" on the freedom of speech.
Deep packet inspection standard adopted despite Germany's warning that it will "empower" censorship. Other uses: detecting BitTorrent transfers and identifying "copyright protected audio content."
New geopolitical rift isn't east-west or north-south: it roughly tracks commitment to free expression. The U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, and their allies are now facing off against the likes of China, Russia, Libya, Nigeria, and dozens of other nations.
Lawrence Strickling, who runs the US government's remaining oversight of the Internet, says it's time to relinquish that role. Snowden didn't push the issue, he tells CNET's Stephen Shankland.
On our last episode of Dialed In for 2010, we look ahead to 2011 and preview some of the things we expect to see at CES.
Nigeria, Cuba, Algeria, and Saudi Arabia persuade a majority of summit delegates to support giving a United Nations agency a more "active" role in Internet governance.