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Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Internet |

Google, Cerf and Anonymous: united against the attempt to regulate the network

Today begins the Dubai World Conference on International Telecommunications , a meeting sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to be on their agenda in an attempt to control the network, reducing the possibility of connections or even new tracking methods and blocking online. The idea, protected under the slogan of “the protection of users” could serve shuttle to a new kind of Internet censorship that allows governments to change the current model of free and open network. Google, or would explain how that future and launch an aggressive campaign against this possibility.

The first to take sides was Google. A few weeks ago launched the campaign Take Action , a way to inform users with the below along with a page where they asked the public to take sides spreading the message:

Today is the beginning of the Conference, has launched an interactive map and a letter signed by Vint Cerf. A map showing real-time support they are getting the campaign while asking us to join the cause. Along with the web, a letter signed by Vint Cerf explaining the purpose of the Conference and its consequences under the title of maintaining free and open network:

Since 1973, when my colleagues and I proposed Internet technology, we advocate an open standard for connecting networks together. This was not merely philosophical, but was also practical.

Our protocols were designed to make Internet networks non-proprietary and interoperable. Avoiding the “lock-in”, and allowing contributions from many sources. This opening is the reason that Internet creates so much value today. Because it has no boundaries and is all, has brought unprecedented freedoms to billions of people around the world: the freedom to create and innovate, organize and influence, to speak and be heard.

But within a few hours, a closed-door meeting of the world’s governments will take place in Dubai, and Internet regulation is on the agenda. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has convened a conference to be held from December 3 to 14, to review a decades-old treaty, in which governments have only one vote. Some proposals could allow governments to justify censorship of legitimate discourse, or even cut off access to the Internet in their countries.

You can read more about my concerns on , but I am not alone. So far, more than 1,000 organizations in over 160 countries have spoken , and are joined by hundreds of thousands of Internet users who are fighting for a free and open Internet. In an interactive map, you can see how people from all over the world have signed our petition, use the hashtag #freeandopen social media, or create and upload videos to say how important this issue.

If you agree and want to support a free and open Internet also invite you to join us to sign the petition at / takeaction. Please make your voice heard and spread your word.

Along with Cerf and Google has joined Anonymous with a video explaining the origin of the Internet and the radical change that governments would have access to the network outage. As Cerf, the collective is to retain the current state with a network free of restrictions:

Governments should not determine the future of the Internet independently. It should take into account the views of the billions of users around the world using the Internet, as well as experts who have created the network and keep it open.

Meanwhile, the has tried to explain these days is not to regulate the Internet and freedom of expression of users is ensured thanks to the universal declaration of human rights. Anyway, Google’s concern is more than justified when among the items to be discussed at the conference discussing new fees to access certain content or establish new methods for monitoring on users or network blockage.

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