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ITU accused of ignoring external inputs to WCIT

ITU accused of ignoring external inputs to WCIT | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it
ITU accused of ignoring external inputs to WCIT...
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Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.'s comment, December 12, 2012 5:43 AM
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I hope This Change.
- There's still time...
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The meeting that could kill the internet?

The meeting that could kill the internet? | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it
Fears of internet oppression by the UN are unfounded, writes Christian Caryl.
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Drafters of Communications Treaty Are Split on Internet Issue

Drafters of Communications Treaty Are Split on Internet Issue | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it
A United States proposal to keep the Internet in the hands of the private sector is being resisted by some delegates, including those from Russia and some African and Middle Eastern nations.
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Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.'s comment, December 8, 2012 5:58 AM
*If there has to be an 'Agency' who 'Controls' Internet, it must be One that REPRESENTS @ll -equitatively. From Governments... to -and mainly- The Pe@ple.
Spurious Interests -from the entrepreneurial to the ideological ones- must be banned from any regulation.
- It's The Future what is At Stake.
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Q&A With ITU Ambassador Terry Kramer: It's All About Internet Freedom

Q&A With ITU Ambassador Terry Kramer: It's All About Internet Freedom | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it

Kramer worries that some countries are trying to co-opt the conference from advancing telecom issues to regulating Internet communications under that umbrella. If the organization's terminology is changed to allow governments the same designations as traditional telecom providers, many observers fear that could be the end of a free and open Internet.

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On the Ground in Dubai

On the Ground in Dubai | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it

Progress has been made but this is a complex Conference. It will be some time before a better sense of the larger room will become apparent and predictions can be made.

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ITU INTERVIEW @ WCIT - 12: Sebastián Bellagamba, Director, Internet Society, Regional Bureau LAC

Interview at WCIT 2012 being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 3-14 December 2012. The World Conference on International Telecommunications will review th...
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Nations Gather to Discuss Web Rules

Nations Gather to Discuss Web Rules | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it
The question of who rules the Internet and how is being debated at a 12-day conference in Dubai.
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The Road to Dubai

The Road to Dubai | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it

The coming year will be a telling time for the Internet and its Community – and by that I mean everyone that uses or is touched by it. Decisions will be made that will impact the world that we and future generations live in. Will history be kind to us? Time will tell.

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Report on the eve of WCIT

Report on the eve of WCIT | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it
Hello from Dubai where the WCIT  – World Conference on International Telecommunications #WCIT12  – under the auspice of the United Nations agency the International Telecommunications Union (I...
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A quick guide to the ITU's 'Internet takeover' conference, WCIT | Digital Trends

A quick guide to the ITU's 'Internet takeover' conference, WCIT | Digital Trends | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it
On Monday, 193 United Nations member states will gather in Dubai to decide the future of the Internet. The details are messy, confusing, and sometimes secret. And nobody knows what's going to happen.

Here's a quick-and-dirty guide to filthy chaos that is the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications.

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Shutdowns Raise Issue Of Who Controls The Internet : NPR

Shutdowns Raise Issue Of Who Controls The Internet : NPR | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it
The uprisings in Syria and Egypt have shown how activists can mobilize and promote their cause via the Internet.
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The U.N. Shouldn't Make Decisions About an Open Internet Behind Closed Doors | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

The U.N. Shouldn't Make Decisions About an Open Internet Behind Closed Doors | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it

Behind closed doors, decisions will be made next week that could threaten the global, open internet. This isn’t a sky-is-falling cry: There could be very real consequences both in how we use the internet and how it’s governed.

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'Father of the internet': Why we must fight for its freedom - CNN.com

'Father of the internet': Why we must fight for its freedom - CNN.com | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it

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Let us be clear: We do not advocate for an end to the ITU. The UN agency has helped the world manage radio spectrum and wired and wireless telephone networks, bringing much needed investment to the developing world.

But this inter-governmental agency is the wrong place to make decisions about the future of the internet. Only governments have a vote at the ITU. This includes governments that do not support a free and open internet. Engineers, companies, and people that build and use the web have no vote.

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The Internet and the right to participate in public life: amplifying voices | Internet Society

The Internet and the right to participate in public life: amplifying voices | Internet Society | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it

Ultimately, one of the greatest benefits of the Internet is its potential to ensure that all citizens of the world have the same opportunities to participate in public life. As we celebrate Human Rights Day on December 10, let’s seize this moment to remember the opportunities and challenges raised by the Internet for the ability of all stakeholders to have their voices heard.

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The worldwide web of concerns | The Asian Age

The worldwide web of concerns | The Asian Age | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it

The threat of a “UN takeover” of the Internet through the WCIT is non-existent. Since the ITU’s secretary-general is insisting on consensus (as is tradition) rather than voting, the possibility of bad proposals (of which there are many) going through is slim. However, that doesn’t mean that activists have been crying themselves hoarse in vain. That people around the world are a bit more aware about the linkage between the technical features of the Internet and its potential as a vehicle for free speech, commerce and development, is worth having to hear some shriller voices out there.

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Ellie Kesselman Wells's comment, December 22, 2012 6:02 AM
Good to hear a calmer voice!
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Internet Society's Statement Addressing Reported Attacks Against the ITU Website

Internet Society's Statement Addressing Reported Attacks Against the ITU Website | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it

Currently, numerous media reports suggest that attacks are being planned against the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) website to disrupt the WCIT proceedings in Dubai. Such actions would be wholly counterproductive, making it more difficult to have the kind of collaboration and thoughtful discussions that are needed at this critical point.


We urge everyone to take positive action to have their voices heard, not to restrict the very medium that amplifies that voice. Show your support, and help our collective cause by contributing constructively to a global conversation. Share this message across your social media channels, so that everyone's voice is heard: The Internet is open and should include #Everyone."

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ITU's Sticky WCIT: Do New Rules Cover Just Big Telcos... Or Absolutely Everyone?

ITU's Sticky WCIT: Do New Rules Cover Just Big Telcos... Or Absolutely Everyone? | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it

The big debate at WCIT right now is over a simple definition that could have massive implications: will the ITRs apply to "recognized operating agencies" or just "operating agencies." Seems simple, right? Not really.

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Hands Off the Internet!

Hands Off the Internet! | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it
Governments are using a conference on telecommunications to try to grab greater control of the Web.
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House Emphatically Affirms Bicameral, Bipartisan Commitment to Unregulated Internet | Energy & Commerce Committee

House Emphatically Affirms Bicameral, Bipartisan Commitment to Unregulated Internet | Energy & Commerce Committee | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it

House Vote Comes as Nations Gather in Dubai to Consider UN Proposals to Regulate Internet

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The dirty truth about WCIT | .Nxt | Internet policy and governance

The dirty truth about WCIT | .Nxt | Internet policy and governance | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it

At the end of it, what does WCIT boil down to? An effort by old telecoms operators to make more money. An effort that, by the way, is likely to fail.

But among the back-and-forth, a dirty truth exists: the campaign waged by the United States to bring WCIT, the ITRs and the ITU into the open has worked.

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Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.'s curator insight, December 12, 2012 2:56 PM

[..."a staff that frequently oversteps its authority and is not sufficiently accountable"...]

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Internet Users Shouldn’t Have to Pay the Price of this International Treaty | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Internet Users Shouldn’t Have to Pay the Price of this International Treaty | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it
Requiring content providers to establish bilateral relationships with all of the network operators that comprise the global Internet simply cannot be made to scale … because every Internet user is a potential content provider.
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UN net regulation talks kick off

UN net regulation talks kick off | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it
A UN agency, hosting a meeting of 193 government regulators in Dubai, tries to calm fears that they could threaten the freedom of the internet.
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U.N. WCIT-12 makes Syrian Internet blackout 'trivial' everywhere | ZDNet

U.N. WCIT-12 makes Syrian Internet blackout 'trivial' everywhere | ZDNet | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it
If the ITU's treaty is signed into law at WCIT-12 in Dubai this month, its new Internet governance rules will make Syria's Internet blackout a "trivial" and legally supported maneuver for every country in the world.
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ITU’s Touré Urges Syria To Restore Internet Access

ITU’s Touré Urges Syria To Restore Internet Access | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it

UN International Telecommunication Union Secretary General Hamadoun Touré used a press conference on the eve of the much-anticipated World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT) which starts in Dubai next week to call on the Syrian government to investigate problems of access to the mobile network and internet in Syria and do “anything necessary to restore the access.”

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Canada opposes governments having broad control of Internet, documents show

Canada opposes governments having broad control of Internet, documents show | Internet Policy and Internet governance | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — Canada will look to prevent governments from taking more power over the Internet when governments sit down for 12 days of negotiations on the future of the Internet next week, but the government didn’t say Thursday where it...
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