Over the past fortnight, the internet has been awash with debate over the future of the internet: the UN, so the stories went, was planning to change the governance of the internet for good. Predictably, the US has point-blank refused to play ball—along with Canada and the UK—and that stops proceeding dead.
With the WCIT-12 in full swing, it's pretty much inevitable that some countries' views on the Internet and the direction they are trying to push it will leak out. In this case, the news is about a coalition led by Russia and China that aims to find ways to exert more government control over the 'net. Surprised?
For the next two weeks, the ITU—a United Nations agency that was formed to regulate telegraph lines in the 19th century—will try to make new rules for the Internet. This makes some people worried, but nobody should be. The entire conference is pointless.