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06 December 2012

WCIT

- Daniel Chapman (Idea & Commentary) & Chris Suico (Artwork)

For those scarce few that haven't heard, the WCIT is going on in Dubai right now with a proposal to fundamentally alter the nature of the internet and essentially bring it under the thumb of governments and telecommunications companies, but there is also a grab bag of concessions to other industries, notably media, in the form of Intellectual Property proposals.

Very little has been made public by the ITU about the proposals and we are ultimately reliant on leaks and friendly government bodies to let the public know what is going on.  Which is scary considering how important the internet is to pretty much the entire world these days.

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  • Josh Said:

    Love the comics, read them every week I manage to remember, but typos and other rookie mistakes degrades the sitre as a whole. In the comic: 'We want to world to know...' In the description: 'goign' Not an attack, just a friendly comment.

  • Said:

    Yeah, hi, quick question: Shouldn't the internet be managed by the companies who help to make up the whole thing? And be regulated by the local government on a local basis? That's way its been done since dial-up, why do we need a new strategy? So the UN can screw something else up? Uh-uh, I'll stay with freedom and national sovereignty, thank you.

  • Josh Said:

    You're right, we don't need a new strategy. Local government for the win. Also, I noticed I had a type myself in my original post. Just goes to show, nobody's perfect ;)

  • Daniel Chapman Said:

    Hi Josh, Thanks for pointing the typos out. I think I got them all... I am glad you enjoy the comics :) @Izzy - Part of what is proposed is giving regional governments even more control over the flow and ability to block or trace any communications, which would be disastrous for free speech online, especially in authoritarian countries.

  • Said:

    @ Daniel I didn't mean to come across like that. I don't think that local governments need any more power. (think SOPA) I think however, local governments should have the right, with the consent of the people, to impose regulations. Such as: Cyber stalking is bad. Child Pornography is bad. Identity Theft is bad. A good and safe internet is a delicate balance between liberty and tyranny, and that balance must be maintained by the people. No government intervention equals an internet that is a criminal's playground. Too much government equals the enslavement of all those who use the internet in that country and possibly more. And as far as authoritarian countries are concerned: they will be tyrannical no matter what internet plan is purposed, because tyranny is simply their bedrock. (In the case of China, Iran, and others.) Again, this is why good internet is only able to exist in good countries, and by extension, a good populace. I REALLY don't mean this as an argument, merely a clarification of what I meant.

  • Daniel Chapman Said:

    I think we are talking about different things. The WCIT "regulation" that certain countries want is akin to putting a sensor and controller on your water supply. They want to track what you use, test it to make sure you aren't drinking anything they don't like, charge you more for it and turn it off whenever they like. What it sounds more like you are talking about is stopping people poisoning the water supply that flows down those pipes. The authoritarian countries already do their best to scan and control our pipes, but as long as people like ICANN (even with all their faults) and other similar organizations control the key infrastructure, their influence is limited. I agree completely that we should do something about cyber stalking, child exploitation etc. But they are not part of the infrastructure of the net, and absolute control of that infrastructure is not necessary to regulate those things.

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