The internet we’ve come to know and love — one that’s open, decentralized, and governed by many stakeholders — is threatened.
The ITU has played an important role in telecommunications and spectrum management and its use for development, but this is not cause for expanding its mandate. While an evolution of internet governance is needed (including an examination of the role of the US), it should evolve in the same way that it was originally designed — in an open, decentralized, and inclusive manner.
Civil society needs a voice in the ITU negotiations. We’ve cosigned a letter with other organizations including the CDT (USA), CIS (India), FGV (Brazil), EFF (USA), and EIPR (Egypt) urging all stakeholders to be a part of this process and for the ITU to be transparent in their negotiations.
Right now, several countries, including China and Russia, are proposing to expand the powers of a non-transparent global institution, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), allowing it to change the rules on how our internet is used and governed. And what’s worse, the ITU won’t even release their negotiating documents to the public or give internet users a seat at the table.
The ITU isn’t used to public accountability, but together we can change that. 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!
Click here to join us in our call to keep the ITU from regulating the internet, publicly release its plans, and respect our role in the internet’s future by signing the petition below.
Save the date ! From May 21st to May 25th 2012
15 workshops, 3 conferences, 300 to 400 attendees expected. Open Data For All: Private and public sector, scientists, journalists, non profit organizations, innovators… and you!
During 2012, and as part of the ‘Connecting Society to Culture Programme’, Europeana will invite developers and designers to showcase the possibilities of using the Europeana API to develop marketable applications. The kick-off of this programme, Hack4Europe! 2012, will be at the Europeana Awareness event “Culture for digital innovation” on 9 May 2012 in Brussels.
During this event, EU Vice-President and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda for Europe Neelie Kroes will launch the competition to develop the best application on specified themes based on the Europeana API.
Der Tod des PC ist ein schlimmerer Verlust, als wir in unserer neuen mobilen Netzwelt ahnen, behauptet der Netztheoretiker Jonathan Zittrain. Gegen die faktische Zensur durch das App-Konzept erscheint die Geschäftspolitik von Microsoft in den neunziger Jahren heute geradezu harmlos. Ein Essay auf Technology Review.
Professor Yochai Benkler on Radio Berkman: Fear of a Networked Fourth Estate
“Wikileaks” has become something of a neverending story. Coverage has branched out beyond the revelations of the documents allegedly leaked by Pfc. Bradley Manning in 2010, and on to ancillary territory: the flamboyant presence of founder Julian Assange; the legal propriety of Wikileaks’ actions; and the harsh treatment of Manning as a military detainee.
These last two areas have garnered the attention of today’s guest. Harvard Law Professor Yochai Benkler recently co-authored a joint letter condemning the abuse of Bradley Manning that has since been signed by 295 scholars in the legal realm.
He has also spoken out against efforts by government and private entities to stifle Wikileaks. While some have argued that facilitating the release of classified documents is unprecedented and perhaps illegal, Benkler has insisted that Wikileaks’ behavior is not only entirely constitutional, but also not exceptional.
Moreover, he says, the private and governmental response to Wikileaks demonstrates an interesting insight into how networks do battle in the digital age. We sat down with Benkler this week to hear why.
Jonathan Zittrain on “Leadership in a Networked World”
Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of law and computer science at Harvard University, delivers a fascinating lecture to professor David Gergen’s course “On Becoming a Leader” that looks at how leadership is exerted both on and through the internet.
Aaron Swartz Internet activist (and friend) has been arrested for downloading too many journal articles from the Library. Please sign the petition of suport and help to spread the word:
Will you click here to sign our petition of support for Aaron? http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/support_aaron
NY Times article: Internet Activist Charged in M.I.T. Data Theft
Aaron Swartz, a 24-year-old programmer and online political activist, has been indicted in Boston on charges that he stole more than four million documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and JSTOR, an archive of scientific journals and academic papers.
(Source: The New York Times)
7 Ways To Ruin A Technological Revolution with James Boyle from Duke University
“If you wanted to undermine the technological revolution of the last 30 years, using the law, how would you do it? How would you undercut the virtuous cycle that results from access to an open network, force technological innovation into stagnation, diminish competition, create monopolies over the basic building blocks of knowledge? How many of those things are we doing now? James Boyle is William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law at Duke Law School, the founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, and a Board Member of Creative Commons. He is also a columnist for the Financial Times New Technology Policy Forum.”