Web’s freedom threatened by ‘worrisome’ rules

The US faces a tough debate with emerging nations such as India and Brazil at an upcoming UN conference discussing global rules for the internet, the US delegation chief says.Terry Kramer, who heads the US delegation for the December gathering of the UN’s International Telecommunications Union, said on Wednesday he has seen a number of “surprising” and “worrisome” proposals.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/webs-freedom-threatened-by-worrisome-rules-20121115-29dlu.htmlAlso see:US WCIT Ambassador: Some Things Aren’t Negotiable [IDG]
The U.S. delegation to an upcoming United Nations telecom treaty-writing conference will not budge on its positions advocating free speech online and opposing broad new regulations for the Internet, the leader of the delegation said Wednesday.The U.S. delegation wants a successful World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), said Terry Kramer, head of the U.S. delegation. But if other delegates to WCIT attempt to expand the U.N. International Telecommunication Union’s telecom regulations to the Internet, “we might as well not waste our time,” Kramer said during a WCIT discussion in Washington, D.C.
http://www.cio.com/article/721635/US_WCIT_Ambassador_Some_Things_Aren_39_t_NegotiableInternet Activists on Red Alert Ahead of United Nations Conference
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.Called the World Conference on International Telecommunications, the meeting is intended to update some of the aging international law that governs the flow of information online. The meeting is mostly closed to the public, so the few details we do know about various proposals are largely thanks to leaks, many of which are published on WCITleaks.
http://mashable.com/2012/11/14/what-is-the-itu/International campaign to keep the Internet free and open begins today
An international campaign to preserve the free and open Internet is launching in Canada this week.This new campaign, which includes representatives from the global Internet community, opposes proposals that are expected to be tabled at an upcoming international conference of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the body that regulates telecommunications traffic globally.
http://www.cira.ca/news/news-releases/keep-internet-free-open/

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