Tim Berners-Lee Wants The UN To Leave the Internet Alone

What? Us?, replies the UN.


Sir Tim Berners-Lee—inventor of the world wide web—is the latest voice to raise concerns about a meeting of communication tech regulators in Dubai.

He spoke of concerns that some attendees would push for a UN agency to "run the internet" rather than leaving it to groups already "doing a good job".

Internet pioneer Vint Cerf has also highlighted the issue on Google's site.

But the UN agency itself is playing down suggestions of a power-grab.

Dr Hamadoun Toure, secretary-general of the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU), said ahead of the event: "There is no need for the ITU to take over the internet governance."