DUBAI: An agreement to update UN telecommunications rules has been approved over the opposition of countries including the US and the UK, whose officials walked out amid concerns about internet regulation and censorship.
The new pact updates a 24-year-old treaty and includes measures that would give countries a right to access international telecommunications services and the ability to block spam. Delegations declining to sign the amended text argued it would pave the way for government censorship and control over the Web.
Canada, Denmark, Australia, Norway, Costa Rica, Serbia, Greece, Finland and others followed the US in refusing to sign on these grounds.
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