Next month, the 12th World Conference on International Telecommunications, or WCIT-12, will be held in Dubai. At the meeting, the 193 member countries of the U.N.’s International Telecommunications Union, or ITU, will consider renegotiating a fairly obscure treaty known as the International Telecommunications Regulations, or ITRs.
The 24-year-old agreement delineates much of the ITU’s rule-making authority over telecommunications.
The hope of several countries is that they can expand the ITU’s
jurisdiction to the Internet, replacing the current governing system
with one that is controlled by a U.N. bureaucracy.
The member nations will also consider an "Internet Tax" designed to
collect money from more affluent nations and redistribute it to poorer
nations to improve their Internet infrastructure.