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UN body vies for internet control
A global row has broken out over who should control and profit from the internet, after a draft proposal by a United Nations body was published online.
The little-known UN body, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), is pushing to regulate the internet, and has suggested a range of reforms which would potentially stifle free speech and make users pay extra to use things like Skype and email.
Australia and the United States have already signalled their concerns about the plan, which experts say could allow countries to shut down the internet if they felt sensitive information might be made public.
The ITU's proposals so far include creating regulations to reveal where a user is based, taxing richer countries to fund the internet, creating infrastructure in poorer nations, and changing how companies pay each other to move traffic around the internet.
Currently there is no central internet governing body or regulator.