WCIT treaty includes controversial Internet proposal, keeps content out

The treaty is to be formally signed on Friday, with the U.S. threatening not to sign

By , IDG News Service |  Internet

The Internet Society said in a statement late Thursday that it was disappointed at the "fundamental divides" at the conference. "It was extremely important that this treaty not extend to content, or implicitly or explicitly undermine the principles that have made the Internet so beneficial," the organization added.

A member state can take reservations on any part of the treaty, which effectively means it is not obliged to apply that part of the treaty, according to ITU procedures. Each country has to ratify the treaty, and it needs to be passed into each country's national legislature.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

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