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The US, Canada, Australia and UK have refused to sign an international communications treaty at an conference in Dubai.
The countries had objected to calls for all states to have equal rights to the governance of the internet.US, Canada, Australia and UK Refuse To Sign New Communications Treaty [bbc.co.uk]
The ITU had organised the 12-day conference in order to revise a communications treaty last overhauled 24 years ago.
It said the document would help nations co-ordinate efforts against spam and widen access to the web.
However, much of the discussions ended up focusing on whether or not countries should have equal rights to the development of the internet's technical foundations.