EA December 2012

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Perspectives--U.S. and European Union Stay United in Opposition to ITU Efforts to Change Internet Governance

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patriciapeterThe World Conference on International Telecommunications (“WCIT” pronounced “wicked”) ended Friday, December 14, failing to gain international consensus on revisions to the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs). The U.S. and three dozen European countries did not sign the new proposed treaty, which was approved by 89 of the approximately 144 states participating, and is intended to go into effect January 2015.

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The European Parliament Comes into Its Own

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garretmartinOn 11 February 2010, the European Parliament – with 378 MEPs against and only 196 for – struck down the interim Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications [SWIFT] agreement already negotiated between the EU and the U.S. on the transfer of citizens' financial data to prevent terrorist attacks.

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