ITU and the Internet

Got this email today:

Governments from around the world will soon gather in Dubai at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), where they will negotiate a binding international treaty that could change the internet as we know it.
Several countries are proposing to expand the powers of a government-dominated institution, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Some proposals could legitimize monitoring and blocking online traffic. Others threaten privacy, seek to impose new fees for accessing content, or could very well slow down connection speeds.
Governments in Latin America to Africa to Asia are expressing doubt about these proposals, and we’ve been told that hearing directly from their citizens could sway their vote. Together with Fight for the Future, Access has put together a video to mobilize the global internet to call on our governments to oppose handing over key decisions about the internet to the ITU.

I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to see some faceless men in the shadows controlling the internet on their whims and not the whims of the countries they supposedly represent. :/


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