Chinese Proposal to Meter Internet Traffic

The BBC reports that the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN Internet standards body, is considering a proposal from China to meter all that passes through its borders:

The move would require international agreement – but it is being discussed by the United Nations body in charge of internet standards.

It would allow countries which currently receive no payment for use of their lines to generate income.

But an EU cyber security expert has warned the plan could threaten the stability of the entire internet.

Andrea Servida, of the European Commission, told a House of Lords committee that China could have a “hidden agenda” in wanting to monitor data flows.