The International Telecommunication Union, part of the United Nations, is holding a conference next week that could lead to an ITU take-over of the Internet. Governments around the world, particularly Russia, would dearly love to have full control over the Internet for obvious political and control reasons. Censorship is always a goal of governments.
Alarms have been raised by various business and political organizations. For example, Google has set up this site to register the opposition to political control of the Internet.
Vint Cerf, inventor of the TCP-IP protocol on which the Internet operates said this about the ITU and its scheduled meeting:
These persistent attempts are just evidence that this breed of dinosaurs, with their pea-sized brains, hasn’t figured out that they are dead yet, because the signal hasn’t traveled up their long necks.