Monday, December 21, 2009

Chinese Plan to Meter Traffic Called 'Bad for Internet'

Via The China Post/Asia News Network.

China wants to meter all Internet traffic that passes through its borders, it has emerged.

The move, which would allow countries that currently receive no payment for use of their lines to generate income, would require international agreement.

It is being discussed by the United Nations (U.N.) body in charge of Internet standards, reported BBC News.

But a European Union cyber security expert has warned that the plan could threaten the stability of the entire Internet, said the report.

Mr. Andrea Servida, deputy head of Unit at the European Commission's (EC) Information Society and Media directorate-general, told a House of Lords committee that China could have a hidden agenda in wanting to monitor data flows.

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