A meeting of the United Nations (UN) to be held in December, in Dubai, will discuss the possibility of the institution having more control over the internet. Among the organization’s plans is the creation of an internet fee that may make it difficult to access high traffic sites like Google and Facebook, especially by developing countries like Brazil. With the new tax, popular websites would pay fees to continue operating in foreign countries, outside the United States.
According to Cnet, the project is part of a leaked document from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), an organization responsible for standardizing and regulating the world’s telecommunications waves. The document also includes secret negotiations that can change Internet standards and allow governments to monitor the population’s online activities, in addition to restricting access to certain websites.
This is not the first time that a project like this has been proposed. In 1999, a UN report suggested creating a fee for sending emails in developing countries. In 2010, a similar idea was also proposed, but was rejected days later.
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