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International dispute over internet control

International dispute over internet control

Updated 12 November 2012, 10:18 AEDT

A global fight has broken out regarding the future of who should control and profit from the internet.

Next month, nearly 200 countries including Australia will meet behind closed doors to debate how the internet should be regulated.

It's on the conference agenda of little known United Nations body the International Telecommunications Union, which currently creates the rules on how international telephone networks work.

Critics of proposed regulatory changes say they could stifle free speech, or make users pay extra to use things like Skype or email.

Presenter:Will Ockenden

Speaker:Sharan Burrow, International Trade Union Confederation; Dr Paul Twomey, former chief executive of ICANN, Internet's domain name regulator; Stephen Conroy, Australia's Communications Minister

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