#freeandopen – Google on the WCIT

Following on from yesterday’s post on the upcoming ITU-T WCIT conference, and what that might mean for how you can use the Internet, and how much you have to pay to use it, Google have also launched their own #freeandopen campaignwith this video which is their take on what top-down Government regulation could mean for you…

If bureaucratic control over the Internet leaves you cold, make your voice heard.

WCIT – The spinning eye on the middle of the Perfect Storm

With less than two weeks to the WCIT (World Conference on International Telecommunications), and what that means for the internet (see “Is the Internet Facing a Perfect Storm”), the amount of coverage online is increasing rapidly.

Basically in one sentence, some Governments would like to see the ITU (a closed, top-down, Governmental organisation) take the lead in regulating the (open, collaborative, co-operative, bottom-up) Internet.

This video from the folks at accessnow.org explains it pretty well…

Lots of people I know have been working seriously hard in the background to educate those with a vote in the ITU, and keep the Internet based around open standards and collaborative governance.

Let’s face it, if the Internet wasn’t based around open standards, so many of the things which are part of our every day lives could be very different, or simply wouldn’t even exist.

Fortunately, as far as we know in the UK, our Government is still an advocate of the “light touch” and industry self-regulation when it comes to the Internet, but that doesn’t make what’s going to go on behind closed doors in Dubai in a couple of weeks any less of a concern.