ITU Internet Coup

Loyal Blippitt readers, there is once again a threat to the freedom of the internet – and it must be stopped.

Right now, the world’s governments are deciding whether to give a secretive, top-down institution called the ITU control over the internet.

Do NOT let the International Telecommunication Union take control of the internet.

There’s a [December 3rd] meeting between the world’s governments in a just a few weeks, and it could very well decide the future of the internet through a binding international treaty. It’s called the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), and it’s being organized by a government-controlled UN agency called the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

If some proposals at WCIT are approved, decisions about the internet would be made by a top-down, old-school government-centric agency behind closed doors. Some proposals allow for access to be cut off more easily, threaten privacy, legitimize monitoring and blocking online traffic. Others seek to impose new fees for accessing content, not to mention slowing down connection speeds. If the delicate balance of the internet is upset, it could have grave consequences for businesses and human rights.

Only governments get a vote at WCIT, so we need people from all around the world to demand that our leaders keep the internet open.

Fight for the Future and Access has put together the following video to tell you more about what you can do.

GO HERE NOW and let your voice be heard.

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