Speak Up For Internet Freedom

Posted on November 27, 2012

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If you’re like me and pretty much figure anything you write online, say on the phone, text, or email is already being harvested like a giant sucking ant eater gobbling up everything in sight, then finding out about this, before it happens, feels like a bit of sunlight on the matter. 

There’s a meeting between the world’s governments in 5 days. “They” are working on a binding international treaty regarding the internet and privacy.

VIDEO EXPLANATION: http://www.vanishingrights.com/thanks?key=51946291

THE INFO:

WHEN: DECEMBER 3-14, 2012

WHO: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

WHAT: The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12).
http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/default.aspx

Draft of the future ITRs (Regulations)  http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Documents/draft-future-itrs-public.pdf

WHY: “They” are working on a binding international treaty regarding the internet and privacy. The meeting has been called by its members to review and update the previously agreed to ITRs (Regulations) set up in 1988.
Key Issues/Background Briefings: http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/WCIT-backgroundbriefs.aspx

WHY SHOULD I CARE? This is a UN Agreement across the board that could move to legitimize monitoring and blocking of online traffic, threaten privacy, define spam very broadly, charging content providers to get to users, allow for access to be cut off more easily, and imposing fees for accessing content.

WHERE: Dubai World Trade Center

The internet was created as a public domain open network. LETS KEEP IT THAT WAY.

WHAT CAN I DO? Only governments get a vote at WCIT, so let your leaders know that you want the internet kept open. Tell your Representatives and Senators the internet MUST remain open. That you are  opposed to handing over key decisions about the internet to the ITU.

You can sign a petition here: http://www.vanishingrights.com/thanks?key=51946291

Tell your friends, let people know. I know there’s a lot going on, but keeping the internet free and open is important. It is part of the evolution of communication. Its free expression.

Not only is this important from a Protection of Privacy point of view (Constitutional Amendment #4) but also from a Freedom of Speech perspective (Constitutional Amendment #1). 

More information at: 

http://publicknowledge.org/

http://www.internetfreedomcoalition.com/?p=2603#more-2603

http://www.internetfreedomcoalition.org/

http://www.vanishingrights.com/thanks?key=51946291

http://www.vanishingrights.com/?source=freepress

http://www.savetheinternet.com/sti-home

— SAMPLE LETTER FROM  http://www.vanishingrights.com

Dear Senator ___________,

Our nation’s privacy laws are profoundly out of date. I am writing to urge you to support updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 to protect our Fourth Amendment rights and uphold the integrity of law enforcement in the digital age.

My emails, online documents, and text messages should have the same protections from unreasonable search and seizure as my phone calls, postal mail, and paper documents. The government should have to get a warrant from a judge to obtain these documents, or to track my location using my cell phone. Prosecutors, regulatory agencies and other government officials should not be able to issue their own subpoenas to read my emails.

The last significant update to electronic communications privacy legislation was in 1986 when the Internet was in its infancy and email was a novelty. Current electronic privacy laws don’t adequately protect online communications. This legal uncertainty harms the growth of modern businesses that increasingly store documents in “the cloud.” Updating ECPA will support small businesses, create jobs, and reinforce our Constitutional rights.

I think this is necessary at this time.

I am following this issue closely and look forward to your reply.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

[[NAME]]

[[CITY]], [[STATE]]

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