The future of internet and the long running debate over regulating the Internet intensify in the coming months. The up coming December meeting & conference in Dubai 193 UN member states will meet in Dubai for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). This gives United Nations & all their agencies the power to control the internet, hey and us all over the internet …….some governments think they should control what has been the most open and effective open communications tool in the information & digital age.
Past attempts by countries like Russia, India and China to expand international authority – through the U.N. – over the Internet have been unsuccessful, but are expected to make a reappearance at the World Conference of International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai.
The conference is being organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a Geneva-based U.N. specialized agency that has been carrying out a review of international telecommunications regulations. Some of its 193 member states want to expand its authority to include an Internet regulatory role, and neither the U.S. nor any other country would have the power to veto a majority decision now this is pretty interesting…so who controls the internet?
The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom
Top-down, international regulation is antithetical to the Net, which has flourished under its current governance model.
On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this goal by year’s end. As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last June, his goal and that of his allies is to establish “international control over the Internet” through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices.
If successful, these new regulatory proposals would upend the Internet’s flourishing regime, which has been in place since 1988. That year, delegates from 114 countries gathered in Australia to agree to a treaty that set the stage for dramatic liberalization of international telecommunications. This insulated the Internet from economic and technical regulation and quickly became the greatest deregulatory success story of all time.
Since the Net’s inception, engineers, academics, user groups and others have convened in bottom-up nongovernmental organizations to keep it operating and thriving through what is known as a “multi-stakeholder” governance model. This consensus-driven private-sector approach has been the key to the Net’s phenomenal success to read more about story & source article posted on WSJ.com Robert McDowell: The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom – WSJ.com Mr. McDowell is a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.
Update June 3rd 2012
Congress to consider giving more control of Internet to UN
Critics say plan would make it easier for other countries to silence dissidents according to @ Reuters US Congress to look at future of Internet control
How does this play out for us all as end user on the internet and those of us using our little devices! I believe many tech activists, advocacy groups will support this campaign, that I am confident. I am hoping United States takes a stand and makes sure it does not give full control to the UN, but who knows, although some of us all understand that there are many cyber dangers and security issues and we agree, that there is a dark side of internet and security in a way should play a role, but when it comes to taking over the internet by ITU well some of us will speak out and I have my own reason to speak out. The ITU may have their own agendas and so does the United Nations… oh well.
May 2012: WHY the petition is important for many who work in the innovation & commerce within the digital sector and for open internet! @ Internet’s Future! who wants to control the internet do we have any rights as end users?
UPDATE: According to Access Now https://mymulticast.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/update-via-access-now/…
Are these stakes much higher? or is this a whole global monopoly taking place right in front of our eyes? and we are so removed to understand the world of global monopoly? in the last 15 years, we have seen powerful information technology to free, open global communications and has made some profound contributions to all humanity (when I say all, I meanl those who have the Internet & Mobile access, as we use our little devices) and knowledge based civilization and global commerce and I believe it was this Internet -that gave us the ability to network with our little devices and computers across the cyber borders …… the cyber border free from nation-state controls and permissions – that opened up this new world for us cultural diversity….If the ITU and is threatened by WCIT? well than we may all have to rethink and try and understand what is at stake here… Something interesting comes to mind as I witness the global monopoly right in front of our little eyes may be there is a bigger play here and we have no idea …..and off course we all blindly believe we have freedom when we connect over the Internet! what is true and what is not true!!
Why the UN is Trying to Take over the Internet – @ Forbes International Telecommunications Union, a 150 year-old bureaucracy that started life establishing telegraph standards
June 11, 2012 published by EricPfanner Debunking Rumors of an Internet Takeover he states: This just in from Geneva:
The United Nations has no plans to seize control of the Internet. The Web-snatching black helicopters have not left the hangar.
Internet conspiracy theorists will be disappointed. The latest one, fueled by “open Internet” groups, Internet companies like Google and some U.S. lawmakers, was that mouse-clicking bureaucrats at U.N. headquarters in Geneva, supported by governments suspicious of the United States, were scheming to take over the Internet itself.
The plot went something like this: At a meeting in December of an obscure U.N. agency called the International Telecommunication Union, Russia, China and their ilk would try to wrest oversight of the Internet away from the loose collection of public and private organizations that do the job now, handing this responsibility to the I.T.U. All sorts of bad things, from censorship to the breakup of the Internet, would ensue. click here to read more about the post: Debunking Rumors of an Internet Takeover.
My digital journey since 2004 has been mainly around finding simple end user protected tool solution…nothing major just so we can avoid more human costs… basically for the education and new media digital learning sector. I work with several tech leaders, and these technology groups are supporting my concern… so we can truly solve a simple issue around the dark side of internet, and basically keep dangerous intruders away from our platforms, social sites via the internet and for some of my own digital forums with youth I develop.who don’t have much financial resources and I support them. … I have a list of these nasty intruders. AND YES they sure know how to attack us all….I do my own research and each day I get many dangerous intruders targeting me from all over…and this has been my single concern since 2004, when I first began my vision for digital divide tools and understanding why? It was such an issue in Africa and many of these developing countries, to get a good Internet connection how some of these tools were not safe as soon as I used and accessed Internet and many social internet sites. I began my work in 2004 and today after a long journey, (one day I will share a story, how some of these global groups and institutions blocked my work) I am finally getting closer to solving this issue. I work with a few tech leaders and I do support youth and women initiatives when they ask me…. We are technology agnostic group and I work with them in the secure digital sector, ultimately the goal is to impact all innocent humanity within the new media & educational sector and for creative innovation, ultimately it has to be end point safety and nothing else…
Catch my posts on some of my thoughts unethical practices ” monetary cost or human cost” and the power of these systems and these same systems have developed the system and these tools… and the system and the tools have a function with no regard to innocent civilians, victims and no regard especially those innocent humanity as a whole… including millions of innocent children and women.
“We live in the age of the information revolution, yet we do not have the freedom. I believe we are living in the age of cult of political management? The powers who may still want to have a global monopoly. The age of the information revolution, which should have been an instrument of personal liberation and an explosion of creativity, freedom and should allow us to create a knowledge based revolution a pluralist cyber world… is now again being dominated by all these public policy and is replacing what is good for the public….instead what is good for the private benefit and the powers in government and it benefits their bottom line….this in my opinion gives the decline of sustained solutions for the good of humanity where we could all be debate issues and instead it is leading to domination for global monopoly. AND we call this the age of enlightenment????
I believe as humanity evolves, so will the information age or it could be the other way, as our Universe evolves… this same Universe will give humanity creative ideas to solve these global issues…….I believe there will come a time, a merge will take place and information age will give way to a different kind of digital pluralist solution…where we can than stand and it will be called ” The Age of Pluralist Knowledge Society”
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