The global labour movement has made a fresh direct appeal to the United Nations in response to a leaked proposal from Russia for new, UN-sanctioned rules to allow monitoring and censorship of incoming and outgoing internet traffic.
Telecommunications ministers from 193 countries will meet behind closed doors in Dubai next month at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) to discuss a new regulatory regime for the Internet.
The International Trade Union Confederation has written twice to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressing deep concern that the proposed changes would lead to an upsurge of government internet control and censorship. [Sign the petition against the net grab.] (more…)