World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Call For Leaders to Stand for an Open Internet

Global Netizens Mobilize, Call On Leaders to Stand for an Open Internet


www.whatistheITU.org


With only weeks to go before governments gather at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) — an event that could determine the future of the internet — tens of thousands have mobilized to demand that their leaders oppose handing over decisions about the net to a government-dominated UN agency called the International Telecommunications Union (ITU.)

Internet advocacy groups Access and Fight for the Future have launched whatistheITU.org, which features an informative video about the ITU and an action tool that allows users to challenge their governments directly to stand for an open internet. Since the site’s launch, people from over 150 countries have viewed the video and used the tool to contact their governments.

“Expanding the ITU’s mandate to empower it to make key decisions about the internet has the potential to endanger users’ rights to freedom of expression and privacy online, by fundamentally changing the way that internet policy is made in the future," said Brett Solomon, Executive Director of Access.

Several governments with troubling records of censorship and human rights abuses have submitted proposals to the WCIT, but because of the agency’s closed nature, only some documents have been leaked. Some of these proposals could:
• Allow governments to cut off access to the internet for broadly and vaguely defined reasons
• Enable governments to monitor internet traffic, raising privacy concerns and possibly slowing down the global internet.
• Change the payment system for internet traffic, increasing profits for telecommunication companies while driving up the costs for internet users.
“Governments shouldn’t control the internet,” said Holmes Wilson of Fight for the Future, “It creates the potential for human rights abuses, media censorship, and surveillance that undermines democracy and free speech all around the world.”

The video on whatistheITU.org was created in collaboration with TED speaker and video remix artist Kirby Ferguson, and raises awareness about the possible expansion of the ITU’s mandate and the growing global movement for internet freedom.
ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Le Pen Beaten: English Congratulates Macron On French Election Win

Prime Minister Bill English has this morning congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his victory in the French presidential election. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The French Election Result

Macron is shaping as the third major test case, after Bill Clinton, after Tony Blair – on whether the aim of ‘progressive social policy’ and realities of ‘neo-liberal economic settings’ can be made to credibly co-exist within the same sentence, let alone within the decrees from the Elysee Palace. More>>

Werewolf: The Maverick On Moloka’i

Monday, April 17 was Moloka’i’s turn for some face-to-face time with Tulsi Gabbard, who is part Samoan and part haole (pakeha), a practising Hindu, and a Middle East combat veteran. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Snap Election In Britain

The election call is entirely opportunistic and self-serving and will – regardless of the outcome – put Britain in a worse negotiating position for managing its Brexit. More>>

Turkey: Observers Say Erdogan’s Constitutional Referendum Flawed

Lack of equal opportunities, one-sided media coverage and limitations on fundamental freedoms created unlevel playing field in Turkey’s constitutional referendum, international observers say. More>>

ALSO:

Westminster: NZ PM Condemns London Attack

“London is a place many thousands of New Zealanders have visited and called home, and where many more have friends and family based, so this attack feels very close to home,” Mr English says. More>>

ALSO: