Are you one of those folks who can’t live without the Internet? Well. recently, some proposals could permit governments to censor legitimate speech — or even allow them to cut off Internet access…
The Internet empowers everyone — anyone can speak, create, learn, and share. It is controlled by no one — no single organization, individual, or government. It connects the world. Today, more than two billion people are online — about a third of the planet. But some governments are against the Internet. Forty-two countries filter and censor content. In just the last two years, governments have enacted 19 new laws threatening online free expression. For example, PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) has blocked Youtube in Pakistan. Well, some people cannot live without the Internet. But in a little while they may have to.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is bringing together regulators from around the world to re-negotiate a decades-old communications treaty. But this time, some proposals may cause governments to cut internet access altogether.
Only governments have a voice at the ITU. This includes governments that do not support a free and open Internet. Engineers, companies, and people who build and use the web have no vote.
The ITU is also secretive. The treaty conference and proposals are confidential. Users, experts and organizations from around the world have voiced their opposition to governments regulating the Internet through the ITU.
“A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. Governments alone, working behind closed doors, should not direct its future. The billions of people around the globe who use the Internet should have a voice.”
Add your voice with millions of others against the globe against ITU, so that Internet remains in your country. Remember, everybody has a voice. You, have a voice.