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OVERNIGHT TECH: Rubio opposes UN Internet regulation

Jul 31, 2012 | News

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a resolution on Wednesday urging the Obama administration to fight efforts to give a United Nations agency more control over the Internet.

The measure is a counterpart to Rep. Mary Bono Mack’s (R-Calif.) nearly identical resolution in the House.

Proposals to give the U.N.’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more control over the governance of the Internet could come up at a conference in Dubai in December.

The proposals, reportedly backed by China, Russia and other U.N. members, would give the international body more control over cybersecurity, data privacy, technical standards and the Web’s address system.

The Obama administration has already strongly come out against such proposals.

The Internet is currently governed under a “multi-stakeholder” approach that gives power to a host of nonprofits rather than governments.

Rubio’s resolution would urge the administration to “promote a global Internet free from government control and preserve and advance the successful multistakeholder model that governs the Internet today.”

The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved Bono Mack’s resolution last month, and the full House is expected to vote on it in the coming weeks.

Rubio’s resolution was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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