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Stop the Net Grab
  • Petitioned Voting members of the World Conference on International Telecommunications

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Voting members of the World Conference on International Telecommunications

Stop the Net Grab

    1. Petition by

      Equal Times

The internet as we know it is at risk. Unless we act now, our right to freely communicate and share information could change forever.

In less than four weeks’ time, the International Telecommunications Union (or ITU), a United Nations agency, is planning to adopt new rules to clamp down on the fundamental freedoms of citizens online.

Big telecommunications corporations have joined with countries including China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, countries that already impose heavy restrictions on internet freedoms, to put forward a treaty to the UN World Conference on International Telecommunications in December.

So far the proposal has flown under the radar, but its implications are so serious that we must act quickly to show the ITU and its member countries that citizens will not stand by while our right to communicate freely is undermined.

The proposal would give governments and companies all over the world the ability to:

- Charge users for services such as email and Skype;

- Restrict access to the internet; and

- Monitor everything you do online

The new rules would hurt people in poorer countries and those living in dictatorships even more.

Add your name to the global petition and ask your government representatives who will attend this conference to reject these changes that will seriously and permanently restrict internet freedoms. Act now, before it’s too late.  We need a new process where the voice of the people is properly heard. Make your voice louder by connecting with us on Facebook.

By signing the petition, you will add your voice to the tens of thousands of people who are standing up against unnecessary and restrictive online regulation.

An internet totally controlled by government and big business contradicts the very essence of what the internet represents – open and free access for all.

That’s why it’s critical for us to come together in demanding that our national leaders and international organisations respect the freedoms the internet gives to us all and stop this proposal in its tracks.  

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    1. Reached 7,000 signatures
    2. UNIONS APPEAL TO UN CHIEF OVER LEAKED INTERNET PLANS

      Unions appeal to UN chief over leaked internet plans

      The global labour movement has made a direct, eleventh hour appeal to the United Nations, urging the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon to reject changes to cyber governance that could see the end of an unfettered, free internet.

    3. SYRIANS ENDURE UNPRECEDENTED INTERNET BLACKOUT

      Syrians endure unprecedented internet blackout

      The Syrian government has apparently shutdown its telecommunications network, blocking both incoming and outgoing internet traffic and effectively cutting off the nation - and its bloody civil war - from the rest of the world.

    4. Reached 6,000 signatures
    5. UNESCO: NEW INTERNET REGULATIONS COULD ‘THREATEN FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION’

      Controversial new telecommunications rules proposed by the United Nations threaten global freedom of expression online and may violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Unesco has warned.

      The proposed regulations, to be debated by 193 nations at the World Conference on international Telecommunications in Dubai next month, have been roundly attacked by an array of organisations, from multinational technology companies to civil rights groups and labour unions.

      And now, in an unprecedented intervention, Unesco’s Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Professor Guy Berger, has warned that the new rules will not only “threaten freedom of expression” but may also “incur extensive public criticism that could impact upon the UN more broadly.”

      Reas the full article here:
      http://www.equaltimes.org/news/unesco-new-internet-regulations-could-threaten-freedom-of-expression

      Unesco: new internet regulations could 'threaten freedom of expression'

      Controversial new telecommunications rules proposed by the United Nations threaten global freedom of expression online and may violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Unesco has warned. The proposed regulations, to be debated by 193 nations at the World Conference on international Telecommunications in Dubai next month, have been roundly attacked by an array of organisations, from multinational technology companies to civil rights groups and labour unions.

    6. ITUC LAUNCHES GLOBAL CAMPAIGN

      An unfettered internet, free of political control and available to everyone could be relegated to cyber-history under a contentious proposal by a little known United Nations body.

      Telecommunications ministers from 193 countries will meet behind closed doors in Dubai next month to debate plans to hand control over the internet to the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

      The move has sparked a ferocious, under-the-radar diplomatic war between a powerful bloc of nations, led by China, who want to exert greater control on the net – and democracies determined to preserve the free-wheeling, open architecture of the World Wide Web.

      Read the full article here:
      http://www.equaltimes.org/news/stop-the-net-grab-ituc-launches-global-campaign-against-internet-crackdown

      Stop the net grab: ITUC launches global campaign

      An unfettered internet, free of political control and available to everyone could be relegated to cyber-history under a contentious proposal by a little known United Nations body. Telecommunications ministers from 193 countries will meet behind closed doors in Dubai next month to debate plans to hand control over the internet to the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

    7. ITU Refuses Proposals for Open Discussion

      ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said that the internet had always been managed by a multi-stakeholder approach, but that the proposed changes would radically undermine this model and seriously alter internet governance.

      “This is not a process that the UN should stamp as having legitimacy when governments and in particular telecoms ministries are simply negotiating on their own interests, in a forum without proper civil society engagement. We strongly oppose plans which would increase costs, reduce the spread of the internet and increase net censorship at the expense of human rights.

      “We put a proposal to the ITU today to take the damaging proposals off the table at Dubai, and join a broad, open and multi-stakeholder process that would bring together all the government, civil society and business interests to look at the future of the internet. Regrettably, the ITU rejected this.”

      Read the full article here:
      http://www.ituc-csi.org/itu-refuses-proposals-for-open.html

      ITU Refuses Proposals for Open Discussion of Plans to Regulate Internet

      The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) today met with Dr Hamadoun Toure, Head of the UN's International Telecommunication Union, to take internet regulation proposals off the agenda of the World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT-12) due to take place in Dubai in December.

    8. Plea to UN Secretary-General to reject changes to online governance

      Telecommunications ministers from 193 countries will meet behind closed doors in Dubai next month to discuss a new regulatory regime for the Internet.

      The International Trade Union Confederation and Greenpeace are expressing deep concern that the proposed changes would lead to an upsurge of government internet control and censorship.

      ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said that in the interests of freedom of speech and freedom of association, a multi-stakeholder approach was needed.

      Read the full media release here:
      http://www.ituc-csi.org/internet-under-threat-plea-to-un.html

      Internet under threat: Plea to UN Secretary-General to reject changes to online governance

      The global labour movement and Greenpeace today joined forces to urge UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reject changes to internet governance that would change forever the internet as we know it. Telecommunications ministers from 193 countries will meet behind closed doors in Dubai next month to discuss a new regulatory regime for the Internet.

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    • Neville Diener AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      freedom is not free, it must be fought for.

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    • samuel trifu BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      if the government regulates us who regulates them? as a free country our privacy should be respected not controlled like china

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    • Ron Hamilton WENTWORTH FALLS, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      lol, Just saw the comment "What's next, Communism?"....when it's obviously extreme capitalism....lololol

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    • Ron Hamilton WENTWORTH FALLS, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      The internet is the most common way rags to riches stories are made. It's pretty much the little guys only chance for great success. Other than that you are born a slave to the people that stole everything before you.....that got more than things were worth to become rich and live off others slavery.

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    • Trevor Galley THE WORLD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      An internet totally controlled by government and big business contradicts the very essence of what the internet represents – open and free access for all.

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