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."