commentary Leaked document from upcoming treaty negotiations reveals Russia wants transfer of authority over Net to national governments. The U.N.'s increasingly shrill denials are ringing ever more hollow.
Following the disclosure by CNET of a secret proposal to transfer Internet governance to the U.N., the Russian Federation has revised its plan, toning down the language but not the thrust of the document.
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.
A man allegedly snatches an iPhone out of a woman's hands. What he doesn't know is that she is taking part in a demonstration of a real-time GPS-tracking system. He is arrested within 10 minutes.
Dozens of countries have had closed-door meetings in preparation for an upcoming worldwide debate over changes to a telecommunications treaty, which threaten to block Internet freedom.
The number of mobile phone subscriptions worldwide reached 4.6 billion last year and is expected to hit 5 billion this year, says the International Telecommunication Union.
Global Internet tax suggested by European network operators, who want Apple, Google, and other Web companies to pay to deliver content, is proposed for debate at a U.N. agency in December.
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.
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."