Representatives from almost 200 countries gathered Monday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to begin two weeks of talks on the future of the Internet under the auspices of the U.N. International Telecommunications Union. While Western powers aim to preserve the current system of Internet governance, other nations, including Russia and China, are calling on the ITU to play a stronger role in a new regulatory regime with clear standards and costs. The proposal has drawn sharp criticism from industry giants such as Google, which says such a plan "could increase censorship and threaten innovation."

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