World VoIP NewsUN ITU Conference in Dubai raises the concerns about Web control and censoring
UN ITU Conference in Dubai raises the concerns about Web control and censoring
Google has forwarded an appeal to “keep the Internet free and open’’ at the same time when United Nations host a controversial conference on future regulatory means of the Web.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) under the auspice of UN is organizing a conference in Dubai, UAE, where authorized representatives from all the countries are prompted to vote on alterations to an active treaty than has been in force for three decades already. The congress may take up initiatives that would grant governments to censor content or deny Web access, some analysts confirm. “The openness of Internet is the utmost and absolute value of it today,” comments Vint Cerf, VP at Google and chief Internet apologist. “Due to its borderless nature and belonging to all the mankind, it has delivered absolutely unforeseen and unsurpassed freedom to millions of individuals around the globe: the ultimate freedom to express themselves, to build up and influence, to communicate and share information.” Google is the major bidder of an online petition for the public who seek to support a free and open web. However, Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General at ITU’s, has expressed his own view on the conference. He stated that United Nations “have the essential mission of reviewing the whole system of International Telecommunication Regulations.” Just opposing some of the yellow press claims, conference is definitively not about submitting the Internet under the total big-brother control, particularly in matters of the handling and processing of the Internet’s basic credentials, such as users’ names and IP addresses,” he explained. “Also conference is not in any matter about restricting humans freedoms.” Islamic countries and China are reported to be those governments that dynamically restrict Internet traffics and impose censoring. The conference is about putting the principles to foster the efficient global connectivity – not global Internet control and censoring!,” . Events themes to be discussed are as follows: activities aimed at cutting web operational costs, especially in relation with the mobile roaming; web security; preventing misuse of telephony numbering; extending Web to those areas where it is not accessible yet, as well as for disabled individuals. Also conference will cover the issues of energy efficiency, services and applications, technology innovations and other related topics. The bosses of the ITU also rejects complaints that the process is insufficiently transparent. ITU participants have control over the promotion of documents to the public, Secretary-General said. “I am quite confident that conference will create the right legislative circumstances for the boost of a broadband, and will pave the road to the new information cycling of the future,”. Members of the ITU are the telecoms regulators from 193 countries, and some of their initiatives are imposing serious anxieties. "There have been suggestions that the ITU should start the web governance and control procedures," Terry Kramer, U.S. representative explained to BBC. “There have been forwarded several initiatives to launch an aggressive approach of governments in handling the web, in the content’s censoring, what individuals are looking at, what they're talking to .” “These massively contradict everything that we think in terms of freedom of speech and democracy, and we're going to vigorously fight against any such project".
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