It’s been a whirlwind week at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) negotiations as member states scrambled to reach some kind of consensus on the updates to the ITU’s rules by the deadline. As we’ve noted before, some states are intent on using the negotiations to expand the powers of the ITU and legitimize undemocratic practices like Internet surveillance and censorship. Internet content regulation isn’t within the current scope of the ITU’s powers, and some nations like the U.S.
Thanks to all of you who have joined us at OpenMedia in our campaigns, last Friday I had the opportunity to address some of the lead bureaucrats and lobbyists behind the threat to Internet freedom that is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). My goal was to bring the voices of Internet users to their attention and to demonstrate that citizens are watching en masse.
As many of you know, the world’s governments are meeting to update a key treaty of a UN agency called the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). We have received word that a last-minute resolution was put forward that could expand ITU authority over Internet governance, consequently threatening Internet freedom.
As the 15th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations draws to a close today, the Internet freedom community is taking stock of what was said, and perhaps more significantly, what wasn’t. Developments over the last few weeks have suggested that the controversial treaty may be losing steam as public opposition gains momentum – and there was plenty of opposition in evidence at the negotiations. The secretive agreement isn’t ploughing ahead unhindered, and this is largely due to the actions of citizens and the Internet freedom community.
After yesterday's backtracking by Russia on invasive Internet proposals that could lead to strict Internet governance and an erosion of human rights online, more critics are speaking out in condemning the secretive International Telecommunications Union (ITU) discussions.
Citizens worldwide need to have a voice in decisions affecting our Internet use. Make yours be heard to ITU representatives in sending a message through ProtectInternetFreedom.net/Stand.
We asked supporters to share stories about why they support our work for our special December Allies Drive – our yearly drive for monthly donors. This story, from Christina Bub of Ontario, was one of our favourites:
An open and free internet is a clear path to a wonderful future full of potential we may not even be aware of today. I run a small hobby business, and without ever having a shop or even a single printed piece of marketing material, I've been able to sell my product all over the world.
After increased pressure from citizens worldwide speaking out to ProtectInternetFreedom.net, Russia has now withdrawn a controversial proposal that would have increased Internet governance and control.
We need to ensure our voices are being heard to keep our governments in check at the ongoing ITU discussions – send a message at ProtectInternetFreedom.net/Stand.
A secretive trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is again being negotiated this week in closed-door discussions – seeking to introduce invasive copyright legislation to everyday Internet use.
Let the lobbyists and bureaucrats behind the TPP know that citizens worldwide rightfully deserve a seat at the table. Learn more about what's hidden within the TPP and speak out at StopTheTrap.net.
Article by Geoff Cumming for The New Zealand Herald
Our coation partners over at the Centre for Democracy and Technology (CDT) have raised concerns over some developments in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) negotiations currently going on in Dubai. These negotiations will expand the power of the ITU, and as we’ve noted in the past, their secrecy is being used by some nations to push undemocratic rules that will legitimize the censorship and surveillance of its citizens. The CDT has now discovered that this goal has been brought one step closer to reality, through new rules for the standards-setting body of the ITU in advance of the official negotiations.