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As is widely known in circles with an interest in Internet governance issues there was a major split at the recent World Congress on International Telecommunications (WCIT) meeting.  89 countries voted for a set of measures moving the ITU into a more pro-active role with respect to global Internet governance and 55 countries led by the USA walked out (or at least chose to not sign onto these measures). The signers were a bit of a hodge podge of countries but included Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Iran whose resolutions the USA led faction interpreted (or chose to interpret) as promoting a dangerous intrusion of governments into areas of Internet management up to and including measures restrictive of free speech/expression.

The issues have been widely and intensely covered elsewhere but one of the most interesting continuing reverberations from the meeting and its outcome has been the introduction of the meme…

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