Thursday, November 29, 2012

WCIT-12 conference in Dubai seen to have a dark side

Eric Pfanner has a disturbing article about a conference in Dubai, “Control of the Internet” (or more formally, “World Conference on International Telecommunications, WCIT-12”, link).  The title of the article is “Integrity of Internet is crux of global conference,” here

Ashton Kutcher tweeted the link today, “Dark warnings about future of Internet access”.  “Aplusk” wrote “The net is the greatest vehicle for peace in the world, for the people and by the people.  The smarts’ summit terrifies me”.   (But remember the 1995 film, “The Net”?)

The article suggests that big telecommunications companies are disappointed that they cannot compete with companies like Google and Facebook in the content area, but might seek to have countries regulate content providers. Governments may try to regulate content further, as China does and Vietnam threatens, and might veer away from the idea that the Internet is like a public utility.

There is a YouTube video "UN Internet Control Coming Soon":

It has since been reported that Syria has cut off Internet access throughout the country to thwart rebels. 

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