Friday, January 04, 2013

Internet freedom and the ITU - different perspectives

An interesting alternative perspective from Milton Mueller on the recent ITU negotiations about the Internet, WCIT12 at which the question of internet freedom became a central issue:
WCIT Closing Ceremony. (photo:itupictures)

His conclusion:
"Let’s keep our eye on the ball. Internet freedom requires the construction of effective new, open transnational governance institutions and globally applicable legal principles that regulate and limit the power of states and private sector actors to abuse users. It requires liberalized communication industries and free trade in information services; multinational, multistakeholder pressure against censorship and surveillance. Those are tall orders. Obsessing over the ITU isn’t going to get us there."

 Other perspectives and voices here and here