Tell the ITU: The internet belongs to us!

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UPDATE: The WCIT is over, find out what happened in our two part analysis: Part 1 | Part 2

On Dec. 3, governments from around the world will gather for an event that is likely to determine the future of the internet.

Though many haven’t heard of the ITU's World Conference on International Telecommunications, make no mistake, the stakes are high.

Right now, several countries, including China and Russia, are proposing to expand the powers of a non-transparent UN institution, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), allowing it to change the rules on how our internet is used and governed.

That’s right, how the internet is governed is up for a vote in December, meaning that how we use the internet today may very well change by the end of the year.

Calls for an open process ahead of this meeting have largely been rejected. But leaked documents have shown that some of these proposals would give countries full control over "the information and communication infrastructure within their state" (proposed by China); license to inspect private email under the guise of searching for "malware" and "spam"(proposed by Russia); and even the ability to levy fees that would make it harder for us to access sites like Google and Facebook (proposed by Iran).

While the ITU has done much good around the world in expanding internet access and in traditional telecoms, this is not cause for expanding its mandate. Let's tell the ITU that we don't want a secretive body where only governments have a vote deciding the future of our internet!

Sign to the right to call on the ITU member states to reject proposals that expand the ITU’s authority and open up the discussion so we all have a say.

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To the ITU and its member states,

The internet belongs to all of us - not to governments, and certainly not to the ITU. We call upon you to release your preparatory documents; recognize the role of the user, and reject any proposals that might centralize control of the internet. 

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