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Call to drop internet from UN talks

American envoys say they are working with other nations on a proposal to drop all discussions on possible internet regulations from a UN telecommunications conference in Dubai.

The US is leading calls to reject possible new codes on the net by the International Telecommunications Union, a 193-nation body making its first major oversight revisions in nearly 25 years. US representatives held meetings on the proposal to take all internet-related discussions off the table.

The US fears any UN internet regulations could complicate commerce and be used by nations such as China and Russia to justify further cyber crackdowns.

But the head of the UN group, Hamadoun Toure, insists the 11-day talks will not limit freedom of expression and will mostly seek ways to broaden internet services to developing countries.

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