Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jimmy Wales tweets warning about ITU WCIT censorship issue

Harold Feld has an important piece (link tweeted today by Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales) on the ITU WCIT (that is, the International Telecommunications Union and the World Conference on International Telecommunications), and global Internet freedom.  The link (on Public Knowledge) is here

Wales says “If you care about freedom of speech and the Internet, read this.”

A posting on the Internet Governance Project in June had argued that this was mostly about payments (link).

However a “leaked” document from the ITU suggests that member states would have considerable power to disrupt communications for political purposes (link).

Feld argues that this would hinder US efforts to provide workarounds for dissidents in countries with authoritarian governments (through the State Department). 

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