Governance

07 December 2012

ITU meeting 'no threat to free speech' by Dr Hamadoun Toure CNN

Modern communications are an essential foundation for the social and economic opportunities that everyone deserves. The World Conference on International Telecommunications, currently taking place in Dubai, is a golden opportunity to provide affordable connectivity for all, including the billions of people worldwide who cannot yet go online.

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06 December 2012

A global battle for internet freedom puts Leveson in perspective: There's no reason ethical standards have to slip online. The real challenge for journalism is how to make the internet pay by Timothy Garton Ash The Guardian

Are you reading this column in an ethical vacuum? Or on virtuous paper? Lord Justice Leveson's description of the internet as an "ethical vacuum" is one of the few missteps in his report on what we still Gutenberg-ishly call "the press". For the internet is not an ethical vacuum; it is an ethical battlefield. Across its vast virtual steppes there now rages one of the great power struggles of our time. The fate of authoritarian regimes such as China, and hence the future of freedom, will depend on the outcome.

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US House approves resolution to keep Internet control out of UN hands The Hill

The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a Senate resolution introduced by Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) that calls on the U.S. government to oppose United Nations control of the Internet.

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05 December 2012

The new push to control the internet by Paul Twomey ABC News

Paul Twomey looks at the new and old forces aligning in an effort to control what we do online.

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UN internet regulation talks in Dubai threaten web freedom The Guardian

It's not surprising that some confusion surrounds a telecommunications meeting that started this week in Dubai. The gathering, under the auspices of the United Nations, is called the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). It's seen widely in the internet community as a power grab by the UN's International Telecommunication Union, an agency that has had significant impact in the telecom arena for decades via standards-setting and various treaties among UN member states.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee flags UN net conference concerns BBC News

Sir Tim Berners-Lee - inventor of the world wide web - is the latest voice to raise concerns about a meeting of communication tech regulators in Dubai.

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The Internet's Future Depends on Maintaining Its Free Spirit by Vint Cerf MIT Technology Review

A great deal has happened in the 50 years since J.C.R. Licklider wrote his famous "Inter-Galactic Network" memo -- the first conception of what eventually became the Internet -- in April 1963.

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Internet revolution in crisis by Milton Mueller Index On Censorship

WCIT 12: Milton Mueller asks if governments are turning their backs on the global internet? A push to change the business model that delivers online content could stifle innovation and make the net an instrument of sovereignty, stuck behind national walled gardens

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04 December 2012

WCIT: Keep the Internet free and open by Vint Cerf Google

Starting in 1973, when my colleagues and I proposed the technology behind the Internet, we advocated for an open standard to connect computer networks together. This wasn't merely philosophical; it was also practical.

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03 December 2012

UN internet regulation treaty talks begin in Dubai BBC News

A UN agency is trying to calm fears that the internet could be damaged by a conference it is hosting.

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01 December 2012

Who Should Govern the Internet? A Future Tense Event Recap. Slate

You may have heard that at a summit next week, the International Telecommunications Union, a U.N. agency, will attempt to wrest control of the Internet. At a Future Tense event on Internet governance this morning, held at the New America Foundation in Washington, the rumor was soundly spanked by a host of experts. In reality, they said, the upcoming World Conference on International Communications in Dubai will likely just lead to ... more conversation.

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ITU goes on the defensive ahead of WCIT meeting; EU set to fight Internet tax and "spying" at global summit Network World

Companies and organizations that are convinced the International Telecommunication Union will try to take over the Internet during next week's World Conference on International Telecommunications don't understand what the meeting can decide on, said representatives of the UN body.

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30 November 2012

'Father of the internet': Why we must fight for its freedom by Vinton Cerf CNN

The internet empowers each one of us to speak, create, learn and share. Today, more than two billion people are online -- about a third of the planet.

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Keep the net beyond the autocrats' reach by John Kampfner Financial Times

Next week, out of sight of all but the most obsessive geeks, the future of the internet will be determined. Any drama, however, will be hard to discern. Men in suits will gather in Dubai to pore over interminable clause provisions, talking in acronyms and jargon.

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System error: Governments squabble over new rules for the internet The Economist

The rules of the internet decide its speed, safety, accessibility, flexibility and unity. They therefore matter not just to computer enthusiasts, but to everyone with a stake in the modern world. On December 3rd officials from more than 150 countries, plus do-gooders, geeks and other interested parties, will meet in Dubai to argue about how to run the network -- and fight over who should control it.

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27 November 2012

Bitter struggle over Internet regulation to dominate global summit Reuters

An unprecedented debate over how the global Internet is governed is set to dominate a meeting of officials in Dubai next week, with many countries pushing to give a United Nations body broad regulatory powers even as the United States and others contend such a move could mean the end of the open Internet.

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26 November 2012

The U.N.'s Internet Sneak Attack: Letting the Internet be rewired by bureaucrats would be like handing a Stradivarius to a gorilla Wall Street Journal

Who runs the Internet? For now, the answer remains no one, or at least no government, which explains the Web's success as a new technology. But as of next week, unless the U.S. gets serious, the answer could be the United Nations.

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Would you trust Vladimir Putin with the keys to the web? The Observer

There are not many reasons for going to Dubai in December. In fact, there are not many reasons for going to Dubai full stop, but here's one possible exception. Next month the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is holding the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in that benighted city. The purpose of the conference is to review the current international telecommunications regulations (ITRs), which "serve as the binding global treaty designed to facilitate international interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services".

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Internet freedom at stake? The Hindu

If you don't work in the telecom sector, chances are you have not heard of the International Telecommunication Union. The influence of this rather obscure Geneva-based UN body is quite striking: it is responsible for everything from managing and allocating spectrum and telecom satellite orbits, to allocating the country dialling codes, and more broadly, setting the standards for the global telecommunications system.

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24 November 2012

Grabbing at governance by Wendy Grossman Wendy Grossman Net Wars

Someday the development of Internet governance will look like a continuous historical sweep whose outcome, in hindsight, is obvious. At the beginning will be one man, Jon Postel, who in the mid-1990s was, if anyone was, the god of the Internet. At the end will be...well, we don't know yet. And the sad thing is that the road to governance is so long and frankly so dull: years of meetings, committees, proposals, debate, redrafted proposals, diplomatic language, and, worst of all, remote from the mundane experience of everyday Internet users, such as spam and whether they can trust their banks' Web sites.

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WCIT: the battle for hearts, minds and the Internet .NXT

It was just after the fifth meeting of the ITU Council Working Group in Geneva in September 2011 that a powerful group of ambassadors, former ambassadors and under-secretaries in the United States decided they had to build public awareness over a series of obscure telecoms regulations - the ITRs - drawn up back in 1988.

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23 November 2012

European Parliament warns against UN internet control BBC News

The UN should not be allowed to take over control of the internet, Euro MPs have warned.

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Civil society & industry oppose India's plans to modify ITRs The Hindu

India's proposal on International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), submitted last month to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the U.N. agency responsible for information and communication technologies, has drawn opposition from, and fears of content control among, civil society and the industry alike.

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21 November 2012

Russians back down from leaked U.N. Internet proposal CNET

The Russian Federation has revised a controversial proposal to turn Internet governance over to the U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union, CNET has learned.

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Ahead Of ITU Summit, Google Wants You To Help Preserve A Free And Open Internet With New Campaign TechCrunch

Today, Google announced a new initiative to support an open and free Internet called "Take Action." The company has set up a website with materials to help educate you on what your rights are and what changes with laws could do to impact the freedoms you enjoy today on the Internet.

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