United Nations ITU – can they control the Internet the big ?

Posted on November 21, 2012

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The Internet empowers users to interact, share, connect and communicate virtually with their communities of interest in various ways, this creates extraordinary value, sharing information, methods of digital learning, it gives many who have broadband access to the Internet and it puts them on the cyber  map.. today  with the click of a mouse,  key pad and mobile devices we experience the  colorful digital world in ways we have never imagined  (I am not going to tell you what Internet has allowed us to do,  if you reading this post and off course you are brilliant & smart,you don’t need me to tell you what else Internet has allowed us to create and develop).. although I do have the right to add my bit! we call the cyber world the age  of innovation and Internet has given us the medium to create  TV like digital new media content, post & spread our information content, mainstream media news as we curate content  & communication.  All this  takes place in real time and faster than the speed of light, Internet has bridged cultural barriers, Internet has empowered and given voice to many and helped people like you and me to explore a new world of knowledge society, creativity,  reading information vs news, collaboration and distribute & communicate our content, and off course we are posting  some of our private information, our pictures, our connection with our family & educational content and new media content over you tube and  advertise all this to the world  via our devices as long as we have the “Internet connection” we are connected globally…….unfortunately there  is also a “dark side of the internet and this same web utility we use ”  some how this is real concern when it comes to the cyber threats and I am confident that this same concern should be addressed at the  ITU mainly around the cyber safety side of the work I have been speaking about ..would you not agree if we speak of connecting  the world, would you not agree that  ITU should have a mandate to protect children online  mainly from an end point!!! there is a need for a solution to protect us civil societies working in the new media & humanitarian sector with  innocent  civil societies, children, youth and women from an end point  there by we can  address how we can  keep innocent children, youth  and women safe from the current cyber dangers taking place (catch this interview Interview with U.N. Cybersecurity Expert Raoul) —- just imagine if there was a  solution giving those of us who work with many children, youth and women in developing countries, in the  new media, educational sector  and digital sector a way to protect each other mainly from an end point safety tools? -there could be a win solution  & a solution for those of us all working with the UN and ITU…and at the same time solve some of the cyber security issues – without compromising innocent humanity and at the same time  we can  protect ourselves hey people, there is a NEED for a solution…..catch the work I am doing in this  secure cloud space

It can be very scary when individuals and companies are driving contests after contests,  asking people to develop application for innovation mainly for many of the developed /developing countries without putting some thoughts behind the current  cyber dangers we face over the Internet with intruders – again there is a need for a solution and after 9 years of banging my head figuring out – how to develop a simple solution –  I may just have found a solution.  Ashie Hirji

December 3nd 2012…. 193 United Nations member states will gather in Dubai to decide the future of the Internet according to many bloggers and mainstream media…really can the United Nations and ITU really regulate the Internet?

In the case of the upcoming  World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai next month, Google invites everyday Internet users to join in the conversation debate to keep  #FreeandOpen Internet.

In 2009  Google published a long manifesto on the “meaning of open” in the form of an email to all employees republished as a blog post. In it, senior VP of product management Jonathan Rosenberg, makes an eloquent argument for why open systems always win and urges Google’s employees to always strive to be open when designing products. An open Internet spurs innovation and brings more consumers on board, which ultimately means more searches and increased use of Web applications.   In a article written on  Gawker  the writer argues that Google is becoming a bit delusional in believing their own PR a wee too much.  With the upcoming WCIT 2012 Dubai conference Google has a website inviting many users of the Internet   to join in the debate for  #FreeandOpen Internet Internet …who are the powers  behind ITU  and why does Google want #freeandopen Internet could this be a  digital domination play?

ITU-UN-GOOGLE -EU @mymulticast powers to be shaping internet

ITU-UN-GOOGLE -EU @mymulticast powers to be shaping internet

Internet activists are warning 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.

Called the World Conference on International Telecommunications, 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.

Digital activists are asking citizens to urge their governments to prevent the UN & ITU to  regulate the Internet and take over  …. Original post and petition came via the email  from Access  Now  @ 2012 November « Mymulticast’s Blog

ITU-Access @mymulticast

ITU-Access @mymulticast  What we do know is that at least some of the proposals could allow government  Continue reading…

beyond information security @mymulticast

beyond information security  how on earth will the UN protect our privacy end point RIGHTS???? what solutions do they have? regulating the Internet is not a solution for many activists and civil societies and many  of us who believe in equal access and our information rights  we also believe in our own freedom to voice and our user rights &  privacy  RIGHTS …. when it comes to the digital economy and innovation  ….@mymulticast

In the case of Internet Freedom  the double edge sword below is a dialogue taking place @ Berkman Center ” in the context of the upcoming UN wanting to regulate the Internet ? what comes to mind is the speech Hillary Clinton made on Internet Freedom.

Questions asked to  Secretary Clinton concerning “Internet freedom” February 15, 2011 “Berkman Center faculty associate Matthew Hindman provoked an energetic email exchange among members of the extended Berkman community today, in anticipation of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “Internet Freedom” speech (transcript, #NetFreedom). Matt had asked for suggestions of a question to ask Secretary Clinton:

Secretary Clinton will be giving a policy speech tomorrow (Tuesday) entitled “Internet Rights and Wrongs: Choices and Challenges in a Networked World.” The event is actually on the ground floor of my building here at GWU, and I’ll be in attendance. It’s apparently a post-Egypt update to her much-discussed “Remarks on Internet Freedom.” It’s likely that there will be an opportunity after the address to ask questions. Suggestions? for more information read Questions for Secretary Clinton concerning “Internet freedom Secretary Clinton’s internet freedom 2011 speech  and Internet Rights and Wrongs: Choices & Challenges in a Networked

and Clinton urges industry to promote Internet freedoms | ReuterTHE HAGUE | Thu Dec 8, 2011 2:30pm EST Speaking at a conference on Internet freedom, Clinton said it was “an urgent task” to preserve civil liberties online

“The ITU has long regulated long-distance fixed telephone calls and helps keep satellites in assigned orbits. But unlike phones and satellites, which need an international regulator to maintain order, the Web does not have fixed locations. Still, the ITU is the regulator of choice for countries aiming to control the Web”

“When an invention becomes used by billions across the world, it no longer remains the sole property of one nation, however powerful that nation might be,” Hamadoun Toure, secretary-general of the ITU, says in an article in the May issue of Vanity Fair”

Mr. Toure, a native of Mali who was educated in Leningrad and Moscow during the Soviet era, adds: “There should be a mechanism where many countries have an opportunity to have a say. I think that’s democratic. Do you think that’s democratic?” for more about this post click: Crovitz  writes a post stating  Here’s a wake-up call for the world’s two billion Web users, who take for granted the light regulation of the Internet and  why the UN wants to run the Internet on May 6th, 2012  .

International Telecommunication Union Secretary General Hamadoun Toure attempted to make the case in  Wired Magazine that efforts to regulate the Internet should be led by the United Nations.

The ITU member states are preparing for a conference in December, in which they will finalize the renegotiation of an international telecom treaty last ratified in 1988, which is attributed to paving the way for the explosive growth of the Internet.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which is the United Nations specialized agency charged with coordinating global information and communication technology (ICT) resources such as satellite slots and international wireless spectrum, will host the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai next month.

Toure argued that UN leadership is necessary to help bring Internet to the two-thirds of the world that is not yet connected to the Internet.

The alternative, he argued, is “siloed, scattered discussions – which would put a brake on expanding connectivity to the communities that need it most.”

Toure also argued against concerns, stating that under the ITU Constitution, member states can already “block any private telecommunications” that appear “dangerous to the security of the State or contrary to its laws, to public order or to decency.”

“The treaty regulations cannot override the Constitution,” he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Toure in 2011 while he was still Russia’s prime minister, and gave his support to the agency.

The United States and various allies have opposed the effort, stating that it would upend the governance model that has allowed the Internet to thrive .

 The UN Control Of The Internet states  Business Insider on October 31, 2012   It is expected to be the mother of all cyber diplomatic battles. When delegates gather in Dubai in December for an obscure UN agency meeting, fighting is expected to be intense over proposals to rewrite global telecom rules to effectively give the United Nations control over the Internet.

Russia, China and other countries back a move to place the Internet under the authority of the International Telecommunications Union, a UN agency that sets technical standards for global phone calls.

U.S. officials say placing the Internet under U.N. control would undermine the freewheeling nature of cyberspace, which promotes open commerce and free expression, and could give a green light for some countries to crack down on dissidents.

Observers say a number of authoritarian states will back the move, and that the major Western nations will oppose it, meaning the developing world could make a difference.

“The most likely outcome is a tie, and if that happens there won’t be any dramatic changes, although that could change if the developing countries make a big push,” said James Lewis, director of the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“But there is a lot of discontent with how the Internet is governed and the US will have to deal with that at some point.”

Lewis said there was still an overwhelming perception that the US owns and manages the Internet. Opponents have a “powerful argument” to create a global authority to manage the Internet, Lewis said, but “we need to find some way to accommodate national laws in a way that doesn’t sacrifice human rights.”

Terry Kramer, the special US envoy for the talks, has expressed Washington’s position opposing proposals by Russia, China and others to expand the ITU’s authority to regulate the Internet.

“The Internet has grown precisely because it has not been micro-managed or owned by any government or multinational organization,” Kramer told a recent forum.

“There is no Internet central office. Its openness and decentralization are its strengths.”

The head of the ITU, Hamadoun Toure, said his agency has “the depth of experience that comes from being the world’s longest established intergovernmental organization.”

Toure wrote in the British newspaper The Guardian that any change in regulation should “express the common will of ITU’s major stakeholders” and “find win-win solutions that will act as a positive catalyst.”

But Harold Feld of the US-based non-government group Public Knowledge said any new rules could have devastating consequences.

“These proposals, from the Russian Federation and several Arab states, would for the first time explicitly embrace the concept that governments have a right to control online communications and disrupt Internet access services,” Feld said on a blog post.

“This would reverse the trend of the last few years increasingly finding that such actions violate fundamental human rights.”

Paul Rohmeyer, who follows cybersecurity at the Stevens Institute of Technology, pointed to a “sense of anxiety” about the meeting in part because of a lack of transparency.

He said it was unclear why the ITU is being considered for a role in the Internet.

“The ITU historically has been a standards-setting body and its roots are in the telecom industry. I’m not familiar with anything they’ve done that’s had an impact on the Internet today,” Rohmeyer told AFP.

And the analyst noted that the significance of extending “governance” of the Internet to the ITU remains unclear.

Some observers point out that the ITU hired a Russian security firm to investigate the Flame virus, which sparked concerns about the dangers in cyberspace and the need for better cybersecurity cooperation.

Rohmeyer said it was unclear whether a conspiracy was at hand, but that “the suggestion that the Internet is a dangerous place could be used to justify greater controls.”

Observers are also troubled by a proposal by European telecom operators seeking to shift the cost of communication from the receiving party to the sender. This could mean huge costs for US Internet giants like Facebook and Google,  (Google attacks UN’s internet treaty conference  has warned that a forthcoming UN-organised conference threatens the “free and open internet”. Government representatives are set to agree a new information and communications treaty in December continue reading )

“This would create a new revenue stream for corrupt, autocratic regimes and raise the cost of accessing international websites and information on the Internet,” said Eli Dourado of George Mason University.

Milton Mueller, a professor of information studies at Syracuse University who specializes in Internet governance, said most of the concerns are being blown out of proportion.

Mueller said the ITU “already recognizes the sovereign right of nations to restrict communications into and out of the country.”

“What gets lost in the confusion over content regulation is that the real motive of most of the reactionary governments is to protect themselves from economic competition caused by telecom liberalization and deregulation, of which the Internet is only one part,”

source:  @businessinsider  http://www.businessinsider.com/theres-a-huge-plan-in-the-works-to-give-the-un-control-of-the-internet-2012-10#ixzz2AqUtnH1o

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