The internet governance caravan has merrily travelled from Baku to Dubai this week. However, the key participants may as well not be talking about the same thing! The Dubai Conference about the revision of International Telecommunications Regulations 1988 is characterized by the New York Times as a threat to ICANN by introducing national control over web addresses and numbering.
The Times argues that national control will result in a fragmented internet and more political control (read as ‘censorship’) over this medium. Parminder Singh argues that the Dubai meet is primarily a contest between free expression / free market advocates and those who support public interest regulation.