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    Google warns UN's telecom treaty conference threatens 'free and open Internet'

    Google has warned that upcoming United Nations-organized conference threatens 'free and open Internet'.Government representatives are set to agree on a new information and communications treaty in December.
    It has been claimed that some countries will try to wrest oversight of the Internet's technical specifications and domain name system from US bodies to an international organization, the BBC reports.
    "The [UN agency] International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is bringing together regulators from around the world to renegotiate a decades-old communications treaty," Google wrote on its Take Action site.
    "Some proposals could permit governments to censor legitimate speech - or even allow them to cut off internet access," it said.
    "Other proposals would require services like YouTube, Facebook, and Skype to pay new tolls in order to reach people across borders. This could limit access to information - particularly in emerging markets," it added.
    According to the report, the UN has, however, said there would be consensus before any change was agreed.
    Google has asked web users to add their name to an online petition to support its view.
    Google added it was concerned that 'only governments have a voice at the ITU' and not companies or others who had a stake in the net.
    It concluded that the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) was 'the wrong place' to make decisions about the Internet's future, the report said.
    Google warns UN's telecom treaty conference threatens 'free and open Internet' - Yahoo! News India

    Are you going to sign the google petition?

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    Why would I sign... Cause i think the UN cares about public opinion, or because my name isnt yet on enough databases of dissidents to round up when the time comes?
    -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup. --

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    Quote Originally Posted by robjones View Post
    Why would I sign... Cause i think the UN cares about public opinion, or because my name isnt yet on enough databases of dissidents to round up when the time comes?
    It is amazing how far every government bodies want to control internet. I can understand that they go after the cyber criminals, but free speech is more and more threatened.

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    Free speech is an endangered species. Governments are all for it... As long as they agree with it.
    -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup. --

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    I can understand their concerns. Free speech lets the cat out of the bag regarding the massive amounts of corruption and dirty deals that take place in governments around the world. It is hard to hide from the Internet. The more corrupt, oppressive and fragile a government is, the more they want to curtail free speech.

    If you think the Internet has not added to the large amount of unrest in the world, you probably have not been paying attention. The web is the easiest way there is to spread rumors and nonsense, as well as hard facts and truth.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I can understand their concerns. Free speech lets the cat out of the bag regarding the massive amounts of corruption and dirty deals that take place in governments around the world. It is hard to hide from the Internet. The more corrupt, oppressive and fragile a government is, the more they want to curtail free speech.

    If you think the Internet has not added to the large amount of unrest in the world, you probably have not been paying attention. The web is the easiest way there is to spread rumors and nonsense, as well as hard facts and truth.
    You don't need to preach to the choir

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    Completely agreed. The other thing the internet is being used for a lot is straight up fear mongering. I have seen plenty of completely false statements go viral in form of videos and blog posts. And once they start being shared on Facebook and Twitter, people seem to start believing them the more they get shared.
    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I can understand their concerns. Free speech lets the cat out of the bag regarding the massive amounts of corruption and dirty deals that take place in governments around the world. It is hard to hide from the Internet. The more corrupt, oppressive and fragile a government is, the more they want to curtail free speech.

    If you think the Internet has not added to the large amount of unrest in the world, you probably have not been paying attention. The web is the easiest way there is to spread rumors and nonsense, as well as hard facts and truth.
    I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog

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    Hi,

    Quote Originally Posted by Natural Elements View Post
    Are you going to sign the google petition?
    In a word NO. Why would I. The only thing that I can see is that google will spread enough propaganda to tilt the scales in there favor. As Rob stated. "Free speech is an endangered species."

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Dammann View Post
    The other thing the internet is being used for a lot is straight up fear mongering. I have seen plenty of completely false statements go viral in form of videos and blog posts. And once they start being shared on Facebook and Twitter, people seem to start believing them the more they get shared.
    That is how propaganda works. The more it is told and shared the more people believe it to be the truth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Dammann View Post
    The other thing the internet is being used for a lot is straight up fear mongering. I have seen plenty of completely false statements go viral in form of videos and blog posts. And once they start being shared on Facebook and Twitter, people seem to start believing them the more they get shared.
    Like I keep saying, perhaps 90+% of people (99% for Democrats) never take the time to research anything. Instead, they believe what they see on the web and hear from friends. When the world is in a state of information overload, as we currently are, that is a dangerous concept.

    The flip side is that no one trusts their government enough to allow them to filter information. Information will always turn into propaganda when the government control it.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin


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    I have come to conclude that around 80% want to be lied to. Hope is convenient. More than reality. When hope fails, they get bitter and need to lash out. Then they turn to conspiracy sites talking about Obama really being a reptilian. In other words: You have 2 lies and they pick one.
    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    Like I keep saying, perhaps 90+% of people (99% for Democrats) never take the time to research anything. Instead, they believe what they see on the web and hear from friends. When the world is in a state of information overload, as we currently are, that is a dangerous concept.

    The flip side is that no one trusts their government enough to allow them to filter information. Information will always turn into propaganda when the government control it.
    I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog

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