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US Ambassadors Refuse To Sign ITU Treaty In Dubai
2012-12-13 18:32:06

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The US, UK and Canada have announced today that they will not be signing the ITU´s Internet Treaty in its current form. According to the BBC, the US said signing such a treaty would allow for government regulation of the Internet. "It's with a heavy heart and a sense of missed opportunities that the US must communicate that it's not able to sign the agreement in the current form," explained the US Ambassador to the...

UN Ambassadors Meet In Dubai To Discuss Internet Regulation
2012-12-11 16:07:12

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online At the beginning of the month, ambassadors from the United Nations headed to Dubai for the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). This conference has been taking place since December 3 and will continue on till December 14. Here, these ambassadors and representatives to the nations will be discussing the future of the Internet: Who pays for it, how it should be connected, and perhaps most...

Free And Open Internet Debate Begins Today
2012-12-03 10:39:39

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online An 11-day UN conference opens in Dubai today which will play host to some extensive debates from the world´s leaders as to how to govern the Internet. The goal is to update some rather outdated regulations to ensure each nation has similar access to the Internet. Some US tech companies – Google and Microsoft – as well as some US ambassadors are worried these regulations will signal the end of the “free and...

World Conference On International Telecommunications Draws Criticism
2012-11-22 07:17:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An upcoming United Nations conference threatens the "free and open internet,” Google warned this week, saying some countries will use the meeting as an opportunity to shift control of the Internet´s technical specifications and domain name system from US-based organizations to international bodies. “Not all governments support the free and open Internet,” the Internet search giant wrote on its Take Action...

Third Of World Now Online
2012-10-11 15:39:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online International Telecommunications Union (ITU) reported on Thursday that over a third of the world's population is online. The U.N. agency said not only is a vast portion of the world on the Internet, but mobile phone use has increased by more than 600 million in 2011 to around six billion. "On the back of the increase in broadband services worldwide, the number of people using the Internet grew by 11 percent over the past year...

2012-08-06 18:26:29

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ahead of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)'s World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai this December, the U.S. is bracing for a call to revise internet treaties to spread control to nations other than the United States. The U.S. House of Representatives voted to support ITU, unanimously voting (414-0) that the "Internet doesn't need new international regulations," according to a report by PC World....

2012-07-02 23:01:27

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), with the support of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT), Jordan are organising the first UN-backed cross border cyber drill designed to test the Arab region´s cyber response capabilities and improve readiness and reaction in the event of a theoretical future cyber attack. The drill forms part of an ITU-IMPACT Arab region...

2012-06-01 10:33:08

Members of Congress expressed strong opposition on Thursday to proposals to bring the Internet under centralized United Nations control, saying they are committed to preventing the global agency from gaining authority over Internet content and infrastructure. The pledge came during a congressional hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which included testimony from various U.S. officials and technology leaders. All of the witnesses voiced opposition to placing the Internet...

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  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.