With potential of becoming SOPA and CISPA on steroids a multinational U.N.-sponsored treaty will be decided behind closed doors in Dubai next Monday. Leaked documents show why everyone wants it stopped.
In a closed-door meeting this weekend in Dubai, the telecommunications arm of the United Nations -- the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) -- plans to seize a big role in Internet governance.
In WCTIleaks document TD-64 (the anticipated final draft), the language states that countries will be granted the right to suspend their citizens' Internet access and telecom services partially or totally -- and that "member states" have the right to prohibit the anonymizing of traffic, forcing any identifying information masked for privacy reasons be made duly available to law enforcement agencies.
The ITU has strong backing of oppressive governments, including Russia and China.