Speaker Mary Saunders and Sally Wentworth
Affiliation National Institute of Standards and Technology; Internet Society
Host Paul Mitchell
Date recorded 16 July 2012
The upcoming negotiations on the treaty that regulates international telecom has thrown the standards for Internet governance up for grabs. On one side are most Western democracies, particularly the United States, which want to keep standards voluntary and market-driven; on the other are China, Russia, and various Arab states, which are pushing for mandatory regulations and stronger government controls. This philosophical debate, which has both technical and policy components, is of vital concern to everyone who uses the Internet.
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