SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and hundreds of censorship bills in disguise claiming to be ‘methods of protecting the internet’ have come and gone in the past 24 months and The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is no different to these legislations.
As Google puts it “The Internet empowers everyone — anyone can speak, create, learn, and share. It is controlled by no one — no single organisation, individual, or government. It connects the world. Today, more than two billion people are online — about a third of the planet.”
In what could possibly provoke another internet blackout; Google has been one of the first to jump on the issue with the “Take Action – Free and Open Internet” petition.
It’s reported that 42 countries now filter and censor content that is available online. So far there have been 19 new laws reassuring our lack of online manifestation.
On December 3, 2012 a closed-door meeting will be held with many government leaders who will negotiate the possibilities of how the internet will be. This could potentially create a law system for the once-open internet to be under government control indefinitely.
The United Nations have expressed concern in “Internet kill switches” and online regulations that will see political, religious and supressed websites forever disappearing into cyber space. The UN can’t control a body of nations – how can they be trusted with unfettered access to the net?
A leaked proposal (PDF Available for download via Disclosure Vault HERE) clears that the law would allow governments to completely shut down the internet if there is the belief that it may interfere in the internal affairs of other states or that information of a sensitive nature might be shared – for example, Wikileaks releases files that could cause suspicion against a particular government and the internet ‘disappears’ until the files are removed.
Telecommunications ministers from 193 countries will meet in Dubai to discuss the proposal, with Australia’s Senator Stephen Conroy obviously joining them. Prick.
Sign the petition here