UN hosts important internet discussion in Dubai

03/12/2012 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Neil King
UN hosts important internet discussion in Dubai

Dubai will take centre stage once again today (December 3rd), as government leaders from 193 countries around the world take part in a significant debate on the future of the internet.The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) is being staged in the emirate this week and more than 2,000 delegates are expected to be in attendance.One of the main purposes of the event is to discuss changes to a communications treaty that has been in existence since the late 1980s - before the internet was in mainstream use.Staged by the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the gathering is likely to get a bit heated, as certain groups have different ideas on how the web should be governed.Indeed, while the ITU insists that various parts of the legislation need to be changed dramatically to take new technology into account, the US has labelled some of the suggestions made by other countries as "alarming".US ambassador to the WCIT Terry Kramer said last week that some of the stipulations put forward "fundamentally violate" democracy."There have been proposals that have suggested that the ITU should enter the internet governance business, they should be actively involved in that. There have been active recommendations that there be an invasive approach of governments in managing the internet, in managing the content that goes via the internet, what people are looking at, what they're saying," he remarked.Regardless of the outcome, the fact the high-profile meeting is taking place in Dubai speaks volumes for its status as a major hub for important international events.This is one of many exhibitions and conferences to go ahead in the city in 2012 and a host of events have already been lined up for next year.Last month, the International Tennis Federation confirmed it would stage its 2014 annual general meeting in the emirate.Securing such a prestigious event is a major coup for Dubai, as representatives from more than 220 countries will descend on the city for the get together.