U.N. Proposals To Regulate Internet Are ‘Troubling,’ Leaked Documents Reveal

    18 June 2012

    Leaked proposals for an upcoming conference led by the U.N. agency the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) are causing distress among online freedom advocates. The summit is being held to "update a treaty the countries agreed to back in 1988, before the mass adoption of the commercial Internet, cable television and wireless networking," and includes proposals to update definitions of words like 'spam' and to add the word 'security' to the "main reason for the existence of the agreement."