Internet under threat: Plea to UN Secretary-General to reject changes to online governance

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International Trade Union Confederation

The global labour movement and Greenpeace today joined forces to urge UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reject changes to internet governance that would change forever the internet as we know it.

Telecommunications ministers from 193 countries will meet behind closed doors in Dubai next month to discuss a new regulatory regime for the Internet.

The International Trade Union Confederation and Greenpeace are expressing deep concern that the proposed changes would lead to an upsurge of government internet control and censorship.

ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said that in the interests of freedom of speech and freedom of association, a multi-stakeholder approach was needed.

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