News Summary: Web access fight brews before summit

News Summary: UN Web conference stirs 'culture clash' over reach of regulations

Associated Press

REGULATION CONCERNS: An upcoming U.N. gathering about Internet oversight is raising alarms from critics concerned about censorship of Web content and stifled innovation in cyberspace.

THE ISSUES: Among the topics to be discussed in Dubai: Internet security, combating fraud, preventing mobile phone "bill shock" with roaming charges and efforts to expand broadband infrastructures in developing countries. The meeting could result in changes that affect billions of Internet users.

COMPLAINTS: Tech giants such as Google are concerned that the meeting excludes engineers and Web developers. Some activists worry that countries such as China and Iran could push for new rules that restrict Web use.


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