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The Internet in 2013.

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

We continue to see threats to Internet use and privacy from the TPP trade agreement and undemocratic expansions of power like that of the ITU. But as ‘Jon Pastel once said, "The Internet works because a lot of people cooperate to do things together.”’

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Article by Wolfgang Kleinwachter: 


Anyone who expected that with the end of the Dubai ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in December 2012, the heated debate on the future regulation of the Internet will slow down should remember to fairytale of the battle of the knight with the seven-headed dragon. Hardly a head is cut off, another is growing. In 2013 the discussion on Internet freedom will likely gain in sharpness.

In fact, in 2013 the Internet governance debate will continue at least in seven different venues. 2012 has leaded to a growing polarization. Now the tone of the controversy seems to become more aggressive. Almost a quarter of a century after the end of the Cold War of the 20st century, we witness now in the 21st the emergence of a global political scenario which more or less exactly follows this cold war model, not along the old "isms", but along a different understanding of freedom, human rights, innovation, control and the role of governments. Like fire and water, two incompatible ideas about how the Internet should be organized worldwide stand against each other and form two poles of broad spectrum of different opinions. Read more »


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