Leaked Document Shows U.N.'s Designs on the Internet

As if we weren't already paranoid


A United Nations agency has used a summit in Dubai to renew its efforts to gain more control over how the Internet is managed.

The International Telecommunication Union, a U.N. agency, has circulated draft language, which was leaked today, that would let the organization take what it describes as a more "active" Internet role in the future.

It shows that the ITU would become involved in "Internet-related technical, development and public policy issues"—a broad phrase that sweeps in hot-button areas including cybersecurity, spam, surveillance, and censorship.