Michael Gross writes in this month’s Vanity Fair about an internet treaty conference to be held in Dubai later this year. The International Telecommunications Union, about which I’ve blogged in the past, will attempt to forge some sort of consensus between countries favoring the status quo (the United States), and other countries wanting more or less control.
Whether or not any treaty comes out of this conference, it is sure to further illuminate the differences between countries of the global north and south. As more and more of the developing world has internet access, developing countries may try to challenge the United State’s hegemony over DNS servers and IP protocol.
As the United States wrestles over its own Internet legislation, this conference could have just as much of an effect. That it doesn’t start until after the presidential election leaves one to speculate even further.