THE MEETING: An 11-day conference in Dubai, seeking to update codes last reviewed when the Web was virtually unknown, highlights the shift from tightly managed telecommunications networks to the borderless sweep of the Internet.
OVERSIGHT CONCERN: The U.N.'s top telecommunications overseer sought to calm concerns about greater Internet controls emerging from the global talks.
WHAT'S AT STAKE: Some worry that any new U.N. oversight could be used by nations such as China and Russia to justify further monitoring and restriction of the Internet. But attempts for major Web regulations will likely face stiff opposition from the U.S. delegation.
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