Google Encourages Public To “Take Action” Over UN’s Proposed Ownership Of World Wide Web
Internet giant Google is urging people around the world to protest against the International Telecommunication Union’s proposed internet regulations.
Recently, news of a global summit was leaked onto the internet, where government leaders would debate over the possibility of regulating, and thereby censoring, the internet in certain countries.
The UN-backed summit is being held behind closed doors this December to decide whether the ITU, a specialised agency within the UN, should be given powers of legislation and jurisdiction over the World Wide Web.
If the ITU is given regulatory control over the internet, it could lead to the censorship of certain websites in a number of countries, just as Facebook is illegal in China, as well as the taxation of sites like YouTube and Skype.
“Some proposals”, warns Google on their ‘Take Action’ page, “could permit governments to censor legitimate speech — or even allow them to cut off Internet access.”
Earlier this year, Google and other internet companies successfully campaigned against SOPA and PIPA, both of which were subsequently taken down.
Perhaps this month, with the world’s support, Google can successfully campaign against government involvement in the World Wide Web.
Are you going to get involved in Google’s campaign?
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