We have until Friday to tell the ITU Council Working Group to release planning documents detailing proposals that could shape our internet. You’ve signed the petition – now send an email directly to your region’s representative and demand the member states release their plans!
A few weeks ago I received an email in my inbox along with tons of other spams & scam emails. I avoid clicking on links sent via email and lately we seem to be getting useless emails people inviting me to join some business marketing site or someone trying to tell me their family died and left them with a tons of money and we know virus on our computer is a headache. A interesting view point and a video on TED by Mikko Hypponen speaks of Fighting viruses, defending the net http://on.ted.com/oFYh #TED.
In case of Access Now organization based in the USA sent me another petition via email and as I stated above I tend not to click on links from someone I have no idea or I get emails from all these Internet users who are off the wall stating someone passed away and left them with a load of money. I am sure if you are on the Internet or social sites you receive some weird emails and links you not sure about.
I do follow Access Now as they bring some interesting points when it comes to the digital sector. Anyone who is a technology activist, organization fighting for the digital access rights & human rights is working to making sure we as users have the rights when it comes to the Internet – let us not forget the Internet does have a dark side and if we believe we are untouchable behind our devices, I think we need to truly rethink how we can protect ourselves.
Many of us users are constantly speaking about our rights and those of us who work in the digital sector or are digital activist, fighting for digital freedom to voice, asking for digital education for all and with end point rights as users for digital rights, digital access or even addressing next generation for social media innovation for inclusion and fighting for our end point rights, content rights and keeping innocent humanity safe via the Internet as activists or anything concerning bridging the divide for access & end point rights for digital communication & new media sector ….anything to do with digital divide period or cyber safety rights or security rights from an end point view as we develop innovative tools for social digital economy ……hey I am up for it to join & support them during any of their social media conversation, opinions and digital forums.
I work in the digital sector mainly bringing awareness of dangers of the Internet some of us are facing when we work with many innocent humanity that includes children and women and that we must utilize best practice digital tools and a solution to be brought forth to keep billions of innocent children, teenagers, youth and women safe, those who may be reading this post may not know much about my digital work in the educational digital learning for the new media sector.
I believe in my end point safety rights , I believe in making sure we global ethical leaders who work or own social platforms or those of us who work with global International Development Organizations MUST at the same time, protect many billions of innocent children, girls and women safe in the real cyber world, from the current dangerous intruders, criminals intruders and malware threats that we keep getting these links sent to us, either through emails or via many of these social networking sites as we access the Internet with our devices and have no end point safety.
I am wondering who speaks on behalf of billions of innocent children, teenagers and women when it comes to the Internet. International Organization and global technology corporations push these communication devices be it computers and mobile devices for educational purposes and many of these same organization get children, youth and innocent women to also join on various social Internet networking sites.
Future trends in the digital sector will be a huge concern for safety and end point privacy rights, a critical point within the digital divide cloud sector, somehow no one is talking about how we as end users must also have rights when we access social media tools … there is a dark side of Internet and there is a NEED for end point safety. The ITU and UN pushing to regulate the Internet, how will they solve some of the most pressing end point safety issues again if the do regulate the Internet?
I guess they will have to set some new standards protocols, I believe or at least adopt many best practice policies for the global markets when it comes to the Internet around how they will also make sure they adopt policies to protect billions of innocent children and women who who also access the Internet & keeping them all safe in the context of digital divide … lately when we use cloud it sure has many intruders getting access to our passwords…I guess they will need to also in my opinion protect all civil societies using the Internet technology sites… not quite sure how they would set up new security standards for innovative technologies as we all develop for innovation and cyber safety … another priority for them…
In the case of General Petraeus a CIA could not keep the FBI from checking his private gmail account, what digital privacy protections do ordinary civil societies and citizens have. This includes anyone in authority can secretly gain access to our information on the Internet including our email, often without a search warrant.
“When the government goes looking, it can find out pretty much everything about our lives,” said Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the ACLU.
That’s because the main law governing digital privacy — the Electronic Communications Privacy Act or ECPA — was passed in 1986. At the time, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was a toddler. The Web was in its infancy and social networking had yet to be conceived.
No one predicted that, as the Web surged in popularity, people would begin storing their entire digital lives — emails, instant messages, Facebook status updates, photos, medical records, tax returns — on far-flung computer servers rather than on their home hard drives where the information has broader legal protection and according to a post written on the CBC it states ” U.S. President Barack Obama made his first public comments Wednesday on the growing scandal around two of the country’s most well-known generals, saying, “I have no evidence at this point that classified information was disclosed that in any way could have any impact on our national security.” for more information view Obama says no hint of security breach in Petraeus affair ” whereas ” Center for democracy and technology demonstrate why this is dangerous in a number of ways, starting with why the ITU is the exact wrong place to be dealing with cybersecurity issues, even though many of the proposals deal with cybersecurity. Taking for example, the proposal of African Member States, which suggests that the ITU can be a central force in “harmonizing” data retention laws and rules and as CDT notes, this seems to assume that the only issue with data retention laws are that they are different in different countries. But that ignores the fact that many people question whether or not such laws even make sense in the first place posted on “Tech Dirt Do We Really Want The UN In Charge Of Cybersecurity Standard
According to The Hill’s website it states ” The House unanimously approved a resolution on Thursday urging the Obama administration to fight efforts to give a United Nations agency more control over the Internet.
Proposals to give the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) more control over the governance of the Internet could come up at a conference in Dubai in December. The move is reportedly backed by China, Russia, Brazil, India and other U.N. members. The Obama administration has already announced its strong opposition to such proposals. “Today’s unanimous vote sends a clear and unmistakable message: the American people want to keep the Internet free from government control and prevent Russia, China and other nations from succeeding in giving the U.N. unprecedented power over Web content and infrastructure,” said Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), who sponsored the resolution. “We cannot let this happen House urges Obama to fight UN web regulation -and Google applauded the House vote in a blog post by Vint Cerf, one of the founders of the Internet who is now Google’s “Chief Internet Evangelist.” “In the lead-up to the December conference, the future of the Internet is at stake, and I hope that other countries will adopt publicly similar positions,” Cerf wrote.
Regulating the Internet is a concern for advocacy organizations & entities For more than two decades, the story of global economic policy has been one of promoting competition and increasing liberalisation across various industries, especially the telecoms and internet sectors. Today, however, significant government and civil society support is developing for a different policy outlook. Driven largely by the global financial troubles of recent years together with persistent concerns about the implications of the growth of the internet for national economies, social structures and cultures, some governments and others are now actively reconsidering the continuing viability of liberalisation and competition-based policies states by Who’s Who Legal
Everyone is some how advocating or is an activist, fighting for something on behalf of civil society rights and basic human rights – Cyber danger intrusion and threats is becoming a global issues and when it comes to innocent children, teenagers and women it is a a whole different ball game when it comes to cyber criminals. As a women at times I feel I am again fighting even more my rights when I access the Internet and for many of my own digital projects, I have a concern round my and members I work with their privacy or freedom rights.
Access Now Internet activists are warning on their website ” that next month’s meeting of the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations body charged with overseeing global communications, may have significant and potentially disastrous consequences for everyday Internet users.
ITU will convene the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 3-14 December 2012. This landmark conference will review the current International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), which serve as the binding global treaty designed to facilitate international interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services, as well as ensuring their efficiency and widespread public usefulness and availability. Jerry Brito on Tech Liberation Previewing Will the UN Take Over the InternetWorld . The World Conference on International Telecommunications, ( WCIT-12) the meeting is intended to update some of the aging international law that governs the flow of information online. The meeting is mostly closed to the public, so the few details we do know about various proposals are largely thanks to leaks, many of which are published on WCITleaks
What we do know is that at least some of the proposals could allow governments more power to clamp down on Internet access or tax international traffic, either of which are anathema to the idea of a free, open and international Internet. Other proposals would move some responsibility for Internet governance to the United Nations.
Email from Access Now to me
Thousands of people just like you, from over 100 countries across the world, have demanded the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) say “NO!” to more government control over the internet and allow free, public access to their planning documents.
And guess what? They’re listening. High-placed government sources tell us that several countries will ask the ITU and its member states to release preparatory documents at the final ITU Council Working Group meeting this Wednesday in Geneva. Member states at this gathering could decide to open up the process and let users around the world see what’s going on behind closed doors, but we have to push them.
We’ve gotten a hold of the email addresses of the Council Working Group management team. Now is your chance to tell these decision makers directly that we expect transparency and accountability of our governments, particularly when it comes to internet policy.
Leaked documents have shown that some of these proposals would give countries full control over “the information and communication infrastructure within their state” (proposed by China); license to inspect private email under the guise of searching for “malware” and “spam” (proposed by Russia); and even the ability to levy fees that would make it harder for us to access sites like Google and Facebook (proposed by Iran).
The ITU has done much good around the world, but that is not cause for expanding their mandate. While there is some debate over what’s going on internally and the precise makeup of these proposals, the closed nature of this process is only muddying the waters. That’s why we need to have all past and future documents available to the public, rather than just leaked copies.
We have until Friday. Click here to email your region’s representative directly and urge the ITU to show the world’s users what they plan on doing to our internet before the end of the meetings on Friday!
Thanks for your support,
The Access team