It has been recently reported to this Examiner that very soon (December 3rd, 2012) the world powers will be going behind closed doors to discuss the varitible dismantling of the free-market internet security.
“The Internet empowers everyone — anyone can speak, create, learn, and share. It is controlled by no one — no single organization, individual, or government. It connects the world. Today, more than two billion people are online — about a third of the planet.”
However, “not all governments support the free and open internet.” Now that’s a thought. Do you wonder why? “There is a growing backlash on Internet freedom. Forty-two countries filter and censor content. In just the last two years, governments have enacted 19 new laws threatening online free expression.”
Some of these governments are trying to use a closed-door meeting in December to regulate the Internet.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is bringing together regulators from around the world to re-negotiate a decades-old communications treaty. Proposed changes to the treaty could increase censorship and threaten innovation. Some proposals could permit governments to censor legitimate speech — or even allow them to cut off Internet access. Other proposals would require services like YouTube, Facebook, and Skype to pay new tolls in order to reach people across borders. This could limit access to information — particularly in emerging markets.
The ITU is the wrong place to make decisions about the future of the Internet. The ITU is also secretive. The treaty conference and proposals are confidential.
Only governments have a voice at the ITU. This includes governments that do not support a free and open Internet. Engineers, companies, and people that build and use the web have no vote. Internet policy should work like the Internet — open and inclusive. Governments alone should not determine the future of the Internet. The billions of people around the globe that use the Internet, and the experts that build and maintain it, should be included.
A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. But not all governments support the free and open Internet. For example, at the Internet Governance Forum, anyone can attend and anyone can speak — a government official has the same influence as an individual. People around the world are standing up for freedom. Users, experts and organizations from around the world have voiced their opposition to governments regulating the Internet through the ITU.
Add your voice in support of the free and open Internet:
“A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. Governments alone, working behind closed doors, should not direct its future. The billions of people around the globe who use the Internet should have a voice.” Check out the following websites for more information: whatistheitu.org, protectinternetfreedom.org, internetsociety.org
The following information was found on an ITU website:
“European Parliament votes to fight ITU internet power grab Hey you, get off of my cloud” By Iain Thomson in San Francisco
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- Posted in Networks, 24th November 2012 00:01 GMT Free whitepaper – Nemertes Research: Mobile Security Challenge EmergesThe European Parliament has passed a resolution protesting plans by the International Telecommunications Union to seize regulatory control of the internet.
- “[The European Parliament] believes that the ITU, or any other single, centralised international institution, is not the appropriate body to assert regulatory authority over either internet governance or internet traffic flows,” the resolution reads. It was passed by a large majority of EP officials.
- Next month, during an 11-day World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in the sunshine of Dubai, the ITU will be meeting to discuss the next draft of the internet regulations that have remained unchanged since 1988. What’s worrying the EP, along with an unlikely coalition of Google, the US Republican party, organized labor, and Greenpeace, is that the meeting might try and take over regulatory oversight for internet communications in a closed-door coup. The US government has said it will oppose serious moves to change the current regulatory order, but how effective that will be remains to be seen.
“The resolution of the Parliament is a big success for internet users. This sends a clear and positive signal to the European Commission and the Member States”, said Amelia Andersdotter, MEP for the Pirate Party and co-submitter of the resolution, in a statement.
Nation states, notably Russia and China, are pushing for more power over internet regulations, a responsibility handled by non-governmental bodies like ICANN, the Internet Engineering Task Force and the Internet Society up until now. Many fear this will lead to countries seeking to bend internet regulations to their own ends or cripple them with transnational data charges.
While there have been problems in internet regulation with the current approach, not least the troubling rule of the now-departed ICANN boss Rod Beckstrom, in El Reg’s opinion giving direct regulatory control to the ITU would be a huge mistake. New ICANN boss Fadi Chehadé will have a tough time fighting for his organization’s rights at WCIT this year, but needs support such as that from the EP. ®
NOTE: It for the consumer to be the judge of what will be finalized at the upcoming meeting. Remeber the ITU dates (December 3, 2012) and make your voices heard!