In just a week, the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) is taking place in Dubai. The WCIT is organised by a specialised UN agency, the so-called International Telecommunication Union (ITU). During this meeting in Dubai, the world’s governments might decide the future of the internet – if some proposals were to be adopted during the WCIT, it could mean the end of the open, neutral and free internet.
Many civil rights organisations have therefore started campaigns stop these plans – and one of them is Access. For this episode, we invited Raegan MacDonald, Policy Analyst at Access, and had a chat about Internet Governance, the ITU, net neutrality and activism… and, dear listeners, we do apologise in advance for all the acronyms!
- Access: https://www.accessnow.org/
- Internet Governance, Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_governance
- Campaign by Access and Fight for the Future, What is the ITU: https://www.whatistheitu.org/
- Fight for the Future: http://www.fightforthefuture.org/
- WCIT Leaks: http://wcitleaks.org/
- Internet Governance Forum (IGF): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Governance_Forum
- Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN): http://www.icann.org/en/about/welcome
- Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF): http://www.ietf.org/about/
- European Parliament resolution on WCIT/ITU http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=MOTION&reference=P7-RC-2012-0498&language=EN
- Amelia’s Internet Governance Forum speech in Baku: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MsoGMT49v_o
- EU Commissioner Kroes about Champagne service: http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/neelie-kroes/netneutrality/
- Donate to Access: https://www.accessnow.org/page/contribute/donate
- Twitter accounts: Raegan @ShmaeganM | ITU @ITU | Access @accessnow