@mymulticast a huge ? “Will UN Take Over the Internet?” advocacy groups “Previewing the World Conference on International Telecommunication”!!!!!!!!!!! why is “Access Now & Fight for the Future, Advocacy Groups & activists concerned about the UN & ITU!! various conversations taking place on Internet sites “regulating the Internet”.

Posted on November 19, 2012


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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.

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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.

 Civil Society Speaks Out on WCIT – Will Governments Listen?  a post written by Matthew Shears

“Civil society advocates, from around the world are weighing in on proposals to the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), but there’s no guarantee that governments are listening .Last July, the International Telecommunication Union set up a web portal where anyone could submit comments about the WCIT, scheduled to start December 3rd in Dubai. While the ITU Secretariat provided the webpage as a gesture towards multistakeholder participation, the submissions will……for more information” continue reading  CDT

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.

  Toby Johnson, Senior Communications Officer with ITU posts a  comment on The Hill website ….

“This article contains some serious factual inaccuracies that we (ITU) are obliged to correct. The revision of the International Telecommunications Regulations was agreed unanimously by all 193 ITU Member States. The process of agreeing to that revision was not initiated by a specific Member State(s).  The process is far from secret. All 193 ITU Member States and 700 plus private-sector members have access to all the documents.  Many countries (and in particular the USA) make the documents available to their citizens upon request, and the ITU has published the main output document of the preparatory process, containing proposals made during that preparatory process. That document is available at: http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/…

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I am wondering how would these two entities work the ITU with the FBI or even CIA ? in a case of cyber threat or dangers how would they truly co-ordinate to protect innocent humanity ?

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.

Click here to find your region’s representative and write them a short, personal message urging them to release planning documents detailing proposals that could shape our internet.

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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).

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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