Internet’s Future! who wants to control the internet do we have any rights as end users?

Posted on May 31, 2012


My digital journey story these are my opinions -” power of internet and new media from all points”

This petition I am a supporter, and I am absolutely in agreement with Access Now.  My thoughts and  my opinion this will never take place…some of us will fight this one out….

This is how the digital story goes!!!

“Governments or bureaucratic bodies regulating internet. Why are  many groups against this! India’s proposal for a UN Committee for Internet-Related Policies (CIRP)”

These are my thoughts:

Any sort of big proposal that strings together the words ‘regulation’ and ‘internet’ almost immediately makes my guts churn, as it screams out  ‘ power, dominate and control’, all of a sudden I see authority and global control where the powers to be want control us and dominate us the end users be it on internet or as we utilize all the devices to communicate via the internet.  I have never been surprised this core idea of controlling or regulating the internet often begins somehow from certain organizations, countries and the governments… who don’t believe in the freedom of free expression, voice and speech.

Let’s figure out why?   Why some groups are against this takeover of some sort !

The Hill is reporting that the United States House of Representatives is due to consider an international proposal that would give the United Nations more control over the Internet .

In the last several decades the Internet has made an impact and it has  given us the ability to connect, interact and at the same time  innovate and expanded the cyber boundaries. Social media, as we know has become a way of life for many of us. The internet has flourished in a non-regulatory environment, but in my opinion,  imposing international controls on the global network would take us backwards and in my opinion put a damper  on the  type of innovation that internet has  allowed it to thrive.  A panel of government and industry officials are not keeping silent and speaking against the United Nations  regulating the internet.

Proposals that would give the U.N.’s International Telecommunications Union authority to regulate the Internet would risk of dividing it and stifling digital  innovation that has made it a driver of global economic growth, a panel of speakers said at a discussion hosted in Washington by the Free State Foundation, a free-market think tank organization group.

Obama administration and industry officials told lawmakers May 31 that the Internet’s freedom is being threatened by proposals to expand international telecommunications regulations to cover the Internet.

“The open Internet has never been at higher risk,” Vinton Cerf, a Google vice president, told a House panel. “The Internet’s success has generated a worrying desire by some countries’ governments to create new international rules that would jeopardize the network’s innovative evolution and its multifaceted success.

Robert McDowell, Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) commissioner said back in 2011 that the ITU was an attempt by authoritarian regimes to reshape the internet as we know it and ‘The threat is real’ .

IF United Nations and the ITU gains control over the  Internet of today, it would be a different digital  future. “The powers that would be given to the ITU under this current proposal would be different according to the article post written  by  Wall Street Journal and it gives  the powers  to be full control such as cyber security and data privacy to international control and  & ITU dominion over important functions of multi-stakeholder Internet governance entities such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the nonprofit entity that coordinates the .com and .org web domain addresses of the world and under this intergovernmental control  and much more.

A video footage  interview on the youtube  brings a bit of clarity to us  all for the  “The End of Free Speech” according to this video U.N. will regulate the Internet (Mar 05, 2012) – YouTube

Here is an interesting point from Jeremy Malcolm  a 40 year old lawyer consumer advocate, who wears the epithet of  “geek” as a badge of honour and  grew in Perth, Western Australia  and  lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and has a  PhD thesis in law on the subject of  Internet governance and has been working for Consumers International  coordinating  work on Consumers in the Digital Age gives insights on the   Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

What is  IGF?

The Internet Governance Forum, or IGF, is a forum formed under the auspices of the United Nations, to provide “a transparent, democratic, and multilateral process, with the participation of governments, private sector, civil society and international organisations, in their respective roles” for dialogue on Internet Governance policy.

The IGF was formed following an agreement known as the Tunis Agenda on the Information Society which was settled by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in November 2005. The WSIS in turn had been formed by the ITU and had previously met in Geneva in December 2003, when a Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) was formed to assist in clarifying certain issues ahead of the Tunis meeting.

The Tunis Agenda explicitly states that the IGF’s work is to be “non-binding”, and that it will involve a “multilateral, multi-stakeholder, democratic and transparent” process with “full involvement” of “all stakeholders involved in this process”. Each year the IGF meets in a different world city, beginning with its first meeting in Athens in 2006. The IGF’s first five-year mandate was extended in December 2010.

IGF Watch India’s proposal for a UN Committee for Internet-Related Policies offers the view  on the IGF’s work from civil society, and critically examines the Tunis agenda’s assertion that “Policy authority for Internet-related public policy issues is the sovereign right of States and they have rights and responsibilities for international Internet-related public.

Cover image of the 2010 IGF book

On May 31st I received an email from Access Now and  I follow their work.  Access Now  is an international NGO that promotes open access to the internet as a means to free, full and safe participation in society and the realization of human rights. To help protect the internet around the world there message is to the point.  I decided to post their petition below  and their  message is to the point.

On May 31st I received an email from Access Now and I follow their work.  Access Now is an international NGO that promotes open access to the internet as a means to free, full and safe participation in society and the realization of human rights. To help protect the internet around the world there message is to the point.  I decided to post their petition below and their message is to the point.

Please keep in mind, I do not belong to any of these organizations below, nor do I work for them nor am I an advisor.  The post I write is for my own digital journey. My has always been around  secure communication access & the fight for  freedom to voice when it comes to the internet or anything connected to the digital devices…..I am just a supporter and  I don’t endorse any organizations, my work is based on bringing insights around the dangers of internet mainly for innocent children and women in many developing countries and understanding the dark side of internet the side that many of us feel unsafe because what we say could be used against us and millions still do not have access to internet for education and we don’t have any rights from an end user point of view. Unless I am invited to join Access Now or sit on their advisory board. At this moment I am a lone ranger fighting for my own end user protected tool rights and to be given end user protected tools for the internet within the new media sector. I believe in freedom to voice and freedom to communicate, in a safe end user protected environment over the internet. I believe I have a right to digital education, inclusion and safety on the internet. As I mentioned I have the right to be given end user protected tools when I access the internet and I do have a right to own my data content.…. and I am fighting and pushing all boundaries to bring a solution for end user protected tools for the internet. I bring awareness of many dangerous intruders on the internet and on some of the internet sites where we get  dangerous malware links either via email or on social networking sites over internet.

I think I am sounding like a fringin broken record, so may be someone reading this post,  may just decide one day to interview me for my end user rights and the rebel in me, as an  advocate for end user protected tools within the new media sector for the Internet.

So why the Petition? and why  civil societies to  need to voice out…unless we all speak about this only will we have the power to have our freedom to voice over the internet.

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Email from Access Now

The internet we’ve come to know and love — one that’s open, decentralized, and governed by many stakeholders — is threatened.

Right now, several countries, including China and Russia, are proposing to expand the powers of a non-transparent global institution, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), allowing it to change the rules on how our internet is used and governed. And what’s worse, the ITU won’t even release their negotiating documents to the public or give internet users a seat at the table.

The ITU isn’t used to public accountability, but together we can change that. Let’s tell the ITU that we don’t want a secretive body where only governments have a vote deciding the future of our internet!

Click here to sign the petition demanding the ITU makes its plans public and we’ll work on delivering the petition at their next planning meeting.

The ITU gives every country one vote — that’s why it’s crucial we call upon our individual governments to support our cause. Multi-stakeholder governance of the internet is one of the reasons we can so easily access sites around the world, share with our friends on social networks, and participate in a global community.

Now, with the ITU renegotiating a new treaty this year, China, Russia, and others are pushing proposals that would give governments greater control over how you access the internet. Imagine how that might impact your privacy, security, and freedom of speech online.

The ITU has played an important role in telecommunications and spectrum management and its use for development, but this is not cause for expanding its mandate. While an evolution of internet governance is needed (including an examination of the role of the US), it should evolve in the same way that it was originally designed — in an open, decentralized, and inclusive manner.

Civil society needs a voice in the ITU negotiations. We’ve cosigned a letter with other organizations including the CDT (USA), CIS (India), FGV (Brazil), EFF (USA), and EIPR (Egypt) urging all stakeholders to be a part of this process and for the ITU to be transparent in their negotiations.

Click here to join us in our call to keep the ITU from regulating the internet, publicly release its plans, and respect our role in the internet’s future by signing the petition below. 

In solidarity,
The Access Team

For more information:
Civil Society urges openness, multi-stakeholder process for WCIT
ITU Move to Expand Powers Threatens the Internet

Hey ITU Member States: No More Secrecy, Release the Treaty Proposals.

Catch some of the posts and why this is a bad idea:

Where’s the outcry on the U.N. push to regulate the internet  ? A regulated Internet regime would disrupt the global free flow of information and commerce. So where is the business opposition to the United Nations’ effort to control the web? by Nina Easton, senior editor-at-large @ Fortune Tech CNN

AND thought provoking posts  @ info wars  Obama and Congress Approve Resolution that Supports UN Internet and  Cyber command chief opposes U.N. net control

” U.S. Cyber Command says he opposes allowing the United Nations (UN) to regulate the Internet. However, Army Gen. Keith Alexander emphasized that some regulation may be needed to protect critical domestic networks from digital attacks”  okay we all now get this……. Alexander said in a statement quoted by the Washington Times and  Digital Trends provides a cool overview,  US government, Web titans go to battle against UN Internet power.

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The bureaucrats at the United Nations, prodded by developing countries and exemplars of democracy like Russia and China, have hit on an enticing new way to control global communication and commerce: They want to regulate the Internet.

The UN regulating the internet  In December, 193 UN member states will meet in Dubai for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). There, revisions to a 1988 ITU treaty may be proposed — no one’s saying for certain just yet — that would allow the ITU to take over as the sole regulatory body for the Internet. That means it would have far greater control over cybersecurity, data privacy, Web technology standards, and the Web address system. It would also give member states the ability charge Internet companies for international traffic Read more:

As posted on the ITU website this gives you an idea of the big business that takes place and yes major capital folks nothing wrong, but when they stifling us and our digital  innovation, well we all tend to speak out as tech activists….. catch this little baby ..this will give you some clarity. take the time to read the overall  presentation by ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré Ambassador’s Information Meeting on March 15 2010, New York, USA.

Here we go: My digital voice and my digital RANT: There is a lot at stake here, we talking of some  big business being done, we as end users pretty much drive markets and create wealth and we pretty much have no  say unless we in their system.

Ultimately we as end users ‎are caught between “Governments and or bureaucratic bodies regulating internet”. We as end users need to stand up and as the United Nations say’s Stand Up and SPEAK OUT well this time we are. We as end users need to figure out new solutions, we pretty much have no freedom these days as end users to voice on the internet.

Each time we bring innovative solutions, funding does not come directly to us, so go figure this one out….  I have been pushing the boundaries for end users for protected tools in digital innovation sector and for new media pluralism for equal inclusion, as a way we can be included as we utilize the internet, we all get our voices heard and in this way we as end users are still in control over our devices when we access the internet. In my opinion this gives us our end user rights for freedom to express, privacy and  media voice, freedom to learn,  freedom to be able to access our data when we want.  I am a big supporter of digital freedom when it comes to digital new innovation and making sure all future generation are given equal opportunity to voice and  be heard.

Education for all is a benefit for all humanity and the future generations who work within the educational new media sector.

We all know that the internet does have a  dark side and  many of us  know this by working in the digital sector and many are not aware of the cyber dangers,  unless you working directly within the  IT sector. My work is about how to find a new solution just so I can protect many  innocent children and women who are accessing internet and may not fully understand the dangers & threats currently taking place and some of us  face when we work with innocent children, youth and women from an end user point of view within the new media sector.

AND now  some of us who are digital tech activists fighting to be included for digital  innovation, freedom to create innovative tools are caught in this  dynamics of governments & bureaucratic bodies,  this is the reality in the 21st century, our future and the  FUTURE of Internet is at risk!

I am back to advocating my rights as an end user and working towards the push to bring and find  end user protected tools solution. I believe it will give many of us the power to voice within the new media, social media and  educational sector.

More update & awareness as we fight for our end user rights catch my next post on the UN & ITU.