(The Hosting News) – A U.N.-backed conference covering internet has led to a major rift between the United States and other nations, an Associated Press report signaled on Monday.
The World Conference on International Telecommunications is ongoing and expected to conclude Friday.
Terry Kramer, a U.S. ambassador who heads the U.S.’s WCIT delegation noted that some countries we’re pushing for more government-imposed control of the web, something the United States would like to steer clear of.
The disagreement appeared so large that the U.S. went so far as to threaten an exit from the conference altogether.
In a previously aired interview made available via the ITU’s YouTube channel, Kramer noted it was important for governments to stay away from content control. “People in the spirit of a free and open internet should be able to look at what they want to and communicate in a way they want to and that vibrancy of expression and economic opportunity creates opportunities globally,” Kramer commented.
Taking sides were reportedly the United States alongside the United Kingdom. The two were pitted against a proposal by Arab-based countries and Russia. The latter would like more say in online control, currently dominated in influence by ICANN, mostly backed by U.S. support.
In the eyes of many, the U.S. may have a very good point. Other countries in the middle-east have a track record that’s often criticized for filtering content.
“What we’re seeing is governments putting forward their visions of the future of the Internet, and if we see a large group of governments form that sees an Internet a lot more locked down and controlled, that’s a big concern,” commented the Center for Democracy and Technology’s Emma Llanso in The Telegraph’s report.
The event is currently considering big changes to the International Telecommunication Regulations last finalized in 1988.