Internet activists are warning that next month’s meeting of the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations body charged with overseeing global communications, may have significant and potentially disastrous consequences for everyday Internet users.
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What we do know is that at least some of the proposals could allow governments more power to clamp down on Internet access or tax international traffic, either of which are anathema to the idea of a free, open and international Internet. Other proposals would move some responsibility for Internet governance to the United Nations.
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While many experts agree the current Internet governance setup isn’t perfect — some argue the United States has outsized influence, for instance — Internet advocates are warning that proposals expected to arise at WCIT could be dangerous to the Internet as we know it.
The likelihood of any of these proposals passing is questionable — WCIT is one country, one vote, and most proposals require a consensus to pass. However, Fight For the Future and Access, two Internet advocacy groups, aren’t taking any chances: They’re joining forces to launch an informational campaign and petition urging citizens to oppose letting the ITU handle decisions about Internet governance.