Yesterday saw Syria's Internet and mobile communications 'shut off' from the outside world. If repressive regimes have their way at next week's ITU discussions, this restrictive governance of Internet use could be legitimized and applied to citizens worldwide.
The secretive and restrictive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is nearing its 15th round of negotiations, which will be held from December 3-12 in Auckland, New Zealand. This will be the first round of negotiations that Canadian and Mexican representatives will be attending since they signed onto the negotiations in October.
Here's Lindsey with an update on next week's ITU and TPP discussions.
Starting Monday, delegates in two sets of negotiations, taking place on the other side of the world, are poised to determine the future of Internet freedom.
Next week, secretive and closed-door meetings of the ITU will aim to put governments in control of your Internet use – establishing binding online rules for citizens worldwide.
We need to have our government representatives stand up for Internet freedom – not restrict it. Send an email to your country's representatives using our online tool at ProtectInternetFreedom.net/Stand.
Article by L. Gordon Crovitz for The Wall Street Journal
With the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) meetings beginning next week, telecom companies are lobbying for access costs and content fees that could change the way citizens pay for the Internet.
Take a stand against the ITU's global Internet governance. Join us alongside a multi-national coalition in speaking out to ProtectInternetFreedom.net.
Article by Eric Pfanner for The New York Times
Repressive regimes could be granted with dominant control over the Internet following next month's ITU discussions. This would mean greater surveillance over everyday online activity, more expensive access costs, and strict censorship that would have governments deciding what citizens can or cannot see.
Internet freedom advocates backed by citizens and organizations from all over the world have been demanding openness that is so desperately needed in talks that could change the way the Internet works.
This past week, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) decided to make all the proposals for its December negotiations public – stating that this transparency “is important when there is such a significant global discussion happening for all the facts to be on the table”. We've made progress, now it's time we keep up the pressure.
According to Internet freedom group European Digital Rights, provisions that would criminalize our Internet use may be dropped from the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA)! While the battle isn’t over yet, this is a huge step forward for the Internet freedom community and the thousands of Canadians who shouted down the same provisions in July of this year, when they were part of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
After an overwhelming response from citizens worldwide speaking out, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has today released all documents related to next month's discussions.
In releasing the texts, the ITU has even acknowledged that there are proposals that "would have a significant impact on the Internet". It's a welcome shift towards transparency – one that has been inspired by people like you – but we need to keep up the pressure.
Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations are continuing to expand, with Canada and Mexico formally joining as 'second-tier' negotiators at next month's talks. These closed-door meetings will include discussions that could censor, criminalize and apply fines to everyday Internet users.