Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Keep the Internet open


Avaaz.org - The World in Action
Posted: 10. december 2012.


ITU - Hands off our Internet!

Right now at a UN meeting in Dubai, authoritarian regimes are pushing for full governmental control of the Internet in a binding global treaty -- if they succeed, the internet could become less open, more costly and much slower. We have only 2 days to stop them.
The Internet has been an amazing example of people power -- allowing us to connect, speak out and pressure leaders like never before. That's largely because it's been governed to date by users and non-profits and not governments. But now countries like Russia, China and United Arab Emirates are trying to rewrite a major telecom treaty called the ITR to bring the Internet under its control -- the web would then be shaped by government interests and not by us, the users. Tim Berners Lee, one of the "fathers of the Internet," has warned that this could increase censorship online and invade our privacy. But if we object with a massive people-powered petition, we can strengthen the hand of countries fighting this power grab.
We have stopped attacks like this before and can do it again before the treaty text is locked this week. A wave of opposition to a new ITR is already building -- sign the petition to tell governments hands off our Internet! and then forward this email to everyone you know -- when we hit 1 million signers, it'll be delivered straight to the delegates at this cozy meeting:



The meeting to update the ITR (International Telecommunication Regulations) is being convened by a UN body called the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Normally, it wouldn't merit much attention, but Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and others are trying to use the meeting to increase government control of the Internet through proposals that would allow for access to be cut off more easily, threaten privacy, legitimize monitoring and traffic-blocking, and introduce new fees to access content online.
At the moment, our Internet has no central regulatory body, but various non-profit organisations work together to manage different technological, commercial and political interests to allow the Internet to run. The current model is certainly not without its flaws. US dominance and corporate influence highlight the need for reform, but changes should not be dictated from an opaque governments-only treaty body. They should emerge from an open and transparent, people-powered process -- putting the interests of us users in the center.


The ITU does extremely important work -- expanding affordable access for poor countries and securing networks -- but it's not the right place to make changes to how the Internet operates. Let's ensure that our Internet stays free and governed by the public and show the ITU and the world that we won’t stay silent in the face of this Internet attack.
The meeting to update the ITR (International Telecommunication Regulations) is being convened by a UN body called the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Normally, it wouldn't merit much attention, but Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and others are trying to use the meeting to increase government control of the Internet through proposals that would allow for access to be cut off more easily, threaten privacy, legitimize monitoring and traffic-blocking, and introduce new fees to access content online.

At the moment, our Internet has no central regulatory body, but various non-profit organisations work together to manage different technological, commercial and political interests to allow the Internet to run. The current model is certainly not without its flaws. US dominance and corporate influence highlight the need for reform, but changes should not be dictated from an opaque governments-only treaty body. They should emerge from an open and transparent, people-powered process -- putting the interests of us users in the center.
The ITU does extremely important work -- expanding affordable access for poor countries and securing networks -- but it's not the right place to make changes to how the Internet operates. Let's ensure that our Internet stays free and governed by the public and show the ITU and the world that we won’t stay silent in the face of this Internet attack.

Avaaz members have come together before to save the free web -- and won. More than 3 million of us demanded the US kill a bill that would have given the government the right to shut down any website, helping push the White House to drop its support. In the EU, the European Parliament responded after 2.8 million of us called on them to drop ACTA, another threat to the free net. Together, now we can do it again.
  
With hope,
Pascal, Ian, Paul, Luca, Caroline, Ricken, Kya
and the rest of the Avaaz team


SOURCES
New York Times: Keep the Internet open

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Cilj ove peticije je prikupljanje 500 hiljada potpisa kako bi sprečili novu podmetačinu multikorporacija i manijačkih vlada & režima (poput američkog, ruskog, kineskog, saudijskog te ostalih ljubitelja gulaga) kojima se nikako ne sviđa nivo slobode protoka informacija na svetskoj mreži. Trenutna brojka (u 15h) je približno 350 hiljada ljudi koji širom sveta podržavaju ovu akciju.

Košta manje vremena nego što bi nas moglo koštati slobode.

3 comments:

Lale said...

Update: 12 December 2012

The pressure is working -- the dangerous proposal from Russia and others to empower individual states to censor and filter the Internet has been defeated. While negotiations are moving in the right direction, the threat remains that this conference could seek to assert greater government regulation over the Internet and endanger our privacy and freedom of expression online -- let's keep growing our call, while we are delivering our voices today in Dubai!

Cilj je podignut na 1000000 potpisa podrške, trenutno je oko 750 hiljada.

Lale said...

Update: 13 December 2012

Nova nameštaljka - dogovoreno je da se konferenciji odlučuje konsenzusom, predsedavajući neformalne razgovore i izjašnjavanja prezentuje kao "stav većine".

ITU Goes Back On Multiple Promises: Makes Play For Internet Governance With Sneaky Surprise Vote
link:
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20121212/23365121371/itu-goes-back-multiple-promises-makes-play-internet-governance-with-sneaky-surprise-vote.shtml

Lale said...

Update: 14 December 2012

Predložena rezolucija o regulativi interneta, prvobitno izglasana na Svetskoj konferenciji o međunarodnim telekomunikacijama u Dubaiju, ipak je blokirana od poslednjeg dana konferencije 14. decembra 2012.
Nasuprot bloku zemlja koji se zalaže za državnu regulativu, SAD i Evropa hoće da privatne kompanije postavljaju internet standarde. Državnoj regulativi interneta su se usprotivile sledeće zemlje: SAD, Australija, Kanada, Kostarika, Češka, Danska, Japan, Holandija, Novi Zeland, Norveška, Švedska, Ujedinjeno Kraljevstvo, Bugarska, Estonija, Letonija, Litvanija, Filipini, Poljska, Srbija, Kenija i Katar.

Internet ostaje slobodan
link:
http://www.e-novine.com/drustvo/76094-Internet-ostaje-slobodan.html



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