entry 1 globe Google labels UN treaty conference as threat to internet

Google has criticised an upcoming United Nations conference on the internet as a threat to free speech online.

Google has criticised an upcoming United Nations conference on the internet as a threat to free speech online.

 
The meeting is designed to negotiate a new international treaty on how the internet is governed, replacing an old treaty from 1998, but Google believes this will hamper things for users and internet-based companies.
 
Google said a number of countries will try to take some of the decision-making on the technical specifications and domain name system away from the US and into an international organisation, which it found objectionable.
 
entry 1 globe Google labels UN treaty conference as threat to internet
 
It claimed that the proposals could allow some governments to censor legitimate speech or cut off internet access, while also forcing online services, including popular ones like YouTube, Facebook and Skype, to pay fees to reach people in certain countries.
 
The search giant found fault with the fact that the conference was open to governments only, not companies with a stake in the internet, but the UN's International Telecommunication Union said  countries are free to invite companies to be part of their delegation.
 
Google is asking users to sign an online petition against the conference. The protest will likely be backed by other internet companies that traditionally compete with Google, but who have supported its fight against restricting the internet in the past.
 
Negotiations on a new treaty begin in December.
 
 
Source: BBC
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