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Monday, September 15, 2008

UN Agency Working On Tech Standards To Get Rid Of Anonymity

Declan McCullagh has a somewhat scary report about how the UN’s International Telecommunication Union has been quietly working away on a proposal for new core internet technology that would allow a “traceback mechanism” to effectively get rid of anonymity, and allow those with access to identify who provided any particular piece of content.

Not surprisingly, the proposal for such a technology was first suggested by a Chinese official, who has long tried to control the use of the internet in that country.

Also, as the article notes, the ITU has no power over the internet these days, but has been pushing to get more power, which is why it’s worth following what they’re discussing behind the scenes.

Posted on 09/15