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Well, so much for the UN/ITU's treaty-drafting summit in Dubai. If the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, and the Czech Republic (and maybe even Kenya) are now refusing to sign because of its negative impact on the Internet, does everyone now get to go home a day early?

Excerpts from my CNET article:

"This conference was never meant to focus on Internet issues," said ambassador Terry Kramer, head of the U.S. delegation to the Dubai summit. "The Internet has given the world unimaginable economic and social benefit during these past 24 years -- all without U.N. regulation."
"We all agreed that content was not intended to be part of the [treaty], but content issues keep coming up," the U.K.'s delegate said, adding that the ITU, a U.N. agency, is not the "proper place" to address Internet-related issues.
Canada said it was forced to reject the proposed treaty because of its commitment to an Internet "in which people are free to participate, communicate, organize and exchange information."
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If those other countries want a censored Internet, they can do it on their own as far as I'm concerned.
+John Berger - You are very correct - countries will do it on their own.  The US not excepted (in fact the US is already pretty active in censoring the net, witness megaupload and the Spanish sports websites that were taken down - censored - by the US gov't.)
+Karl Auerbach And we're seeing the dangers of other nations following the U.S. lead on copyright as the Dotcom case runs into NZ legal hurdles. But don't you think it's a stretch to compare what China is doing re: wholesale Internet policing of its citizens to what the U.S. is doing in the case of Megaupload?
+Declan McCullagh - Yes, I see a difference between what China or many other countries do from what the US does.  But I see the difference mainly as quantitative rather than qualitative.  And the US does what other countries do not, which is to raise the claim of "it is done by private hands outside of our control" as its get-out-of-jail-free card.
The US is doing it for the money.  China is doing it for the control.  In America money is control.

What is the difference ?.
The surprising thing to me is that so much totally outrageous hardcore porn is still freely available. I never thought that would last. It gives one hope.
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