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Proposed changes to telecom treaty rattle internet universe.

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The highly criticised new draft on International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs) governing the internet's role is gaining attention as concerns grow over the potential impact of the treaty. 

The ITRs were proposed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN's information and communications (ICT) technology arm.

The ITU will meet next month in Dubai at the World Conference on International Telecommunications to revise the ITRs, a treaty dating from 1988 that established a framework for the interoperability and interconnection of global telecommunications traffic and the functioning of the internet.

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