U.S. Will Not Sign U.N. Treaty to Control Internet
2:24 PM, Dec 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The United States announced today that it “cannot sign” a proposed treaty that would cede some control of the Internet to the United Nations. The details of the treaty have been the subject of more than a weeklong conference in Dubai.
The head American delegate to the conference, Ambassador Terry Kramer, made the announcement today in a conference call, fewer than 24 hours after a draft treaty was suddenly produced in a middle-of-the-night session in Dubai.
The final draft of the resolution is still being finalized, but it looks “unlikely it will materially change,” said Kramer. “While there’s still a chance things could change, I would say that it’s highly unlikely” that things will change enough to receive American support.
America objected to provisions in the treaty on governance, spam, and security. "There was not a lot of consternation here," said Kramer, explaining the U.S. was never close to agreeing to the treaty.
There are “national sovereignty rights” that will make sure the treaty, which will likely be ratified by a number of other countries, will not effect American consumers of the Internet.
Other countries already expressing concerns about the treaty include the U.K. Costa Rica, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Kenya, Canada, Poland, and several others, according to Kramer.
The vote for the treaty will be voted on before the conference ends on Friday.
Kramer praised the conference for “substantively” talking about Internet-related issues. “While there was no consensus” at the conference, Kramer said, the conference allowed for a good exchange of ideas.
“The U.S. will remain engaged in a global dialogue on the role of government … in the Internet sector,” said Kramer.
It will be ongoing. “The conversation will continue for months and years.”
In the conference call, Kramer thanked the leaders of the conference for “their efforts and skills”
Here’s a draft of the latest available draft treaty (which was proposed late last night):