A Digital Cold War?
The internet may pose more challenges for agreement among global telecommunications engineers than security concerns during the Cold War era, reports the Economist. The International Telecommunications Union failed to renegotiate the binding global treaty, International Telecommunications Regulations after meeting in Dubai. The US, the UK, Japan are among the countries that declined to support a new treaty. “America and its allies wanted to keep it from being so much as mentioned – mainly out of fear that any reference to it whatsoever would embolden governments to censor the internet and meddle with its infrastructure,” reports the Economist. A final version did not mention the internet much, but did address unwanted spam emails and “operating agencies,” including internet providers. The US, which has the most internet traffic and profits, wants to preserve the status quo. The Economist points out that the world is split into two camps on internet regulation, authoritarian governments and democracies, with leading countries falling into the same sides as taken during the Cold War. – YaleGlobal