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."
While Australia's free-to-air networks insist on showing shows from the '60s, '70s and '80s on our high-definition channels, the International Communications Union (ITU) has met to begin nutting out the standards governing 4K and 8K broadcasts.
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.
And so the battle for the future of the internet rages on. The focus this time is not on WikiLeaks, cybercrime treaties, or privacy controls, but the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
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.
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.
Opposed by Western governments, the proposal would have allowed member states to seize control of key Internet engineering assets.
Representative for United Nations agency, which has taken credit for helping to discover the Flame malware, tells CNET that world leaders gave agency the "mandate as sole facilitator" for boosting Internet security.