According to the United Nations agency, the International Telecommunications Union, the agency that sponsors the meeting, the regulations which are being reviewed during the meeting are designed to ensure that connectivity and operability among nations around the globe are maintained and that all nations agree to the regulations. Vint Cerf, a pioneer of the Internet and who is now chief Internet evangelist and a vice president for Google, however, has been concerned about the process. He and others feel global regulation of the Internet may not be the domain of the United Nations and that by sponsoring this conference, it is trying to increase its powers in an area that is not appropriate.
Hamadoun Toure, the secretary-general of the ITU, has responded to the criticisms of the Conference by saying that the goal of the Conference is not to control the Internet or restrict freedom of expression or speech but to ensure that the global connectivity is reached, and Internet technology is made more affordable to many around the world.
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