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.
Freedom of Expression
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.
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
The Canadian government has mistakenly sent us at OpenMedia a non-disclosure agreement intended for lobbyists involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This is confirmation that this secretive and extreme agreement is being put in place on behalf of bureaucrats, not citizens.
We're on the ground at the ongoing TPP negotiations, set to read out your comments to officials tomorrow. Send in your messages at OpenTheTPP.net and help us speak out against the TPP's Internet trap.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) discussions are underway – leaving citizens worldwide to question the motivations of some of the countries involved.
These discussions could lead to strict Internet governance, increased access costs and an erosion of human rights online. Send a message directly to your ITU delegates at www.ProtectInternetFreedom.net/Stand.
Article by Christine Dobby for Financial Post
This week, global governments are participating in closed-door discussions held through the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) – an agency of the United Nations. Their goal is to update a telecommunications treaty – but certain repressive governments are planning to use this as an opportunity to drastically change citizens' Internet use.
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.