‘Days of free, open internet could soon become history’ - The Times of India SYDNEY: A 'behind-closed-doors' battle for control of the internet is likely to put 'government handcuffs' on the web, and threatens to end a free and open internet, it has emerged. The International Telecommunications Union ( ITU), a United Nations organization representing 193 countries, will hold a summit in Dubai in December where member countries will negotiate a treaty that sets out regulations on international voice, data and video traffic. Russia, China and Iran will use the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) to try to expand the treaty to include the Internet regulation, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Secret WCIT proposals from several stakeholders have been leaked on the website WCITLeaks.org, giving rise to fears from civil liberties groups and the technology industry that the days of a free, open internet are coming to an end, the report said. Washington DC-based Tom Wheeler, who previously worked in telco policy for three decades including as CEO of the US Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association ( CTIA), called the Dubai summit 'the most important meeting you've never heard of '. Overuse of internet causes depression For those who are unable to limit their internet use, time spent online may produce negative outcomes such as depression, loneliness, and limited face-to-face contacts, say experts. Individuals' compulsive internet use refers to their inability to control, reduce, or stop their online behaviour.