Governing The Web (And Everything Else)

Representatives of more than 190 governments begin a profoundly important 12-day closed-door meeting in Dubai on Monday to hammer out how the Internet should be run and who should pay for its operation.

The International Telecommunication Union, a low-profile United Nations agency that’s sponsoring the meeting, sets out the technical standards for the world’s communication technologies, and the last time the group met was in 1988, when the information superhighway was geek talk and the World Wide Web didn’t exist. The Internet’s subsequent explosive growth occurred not so much because of the ITU but despite it.

Read the full article in The Globe and Mail.