Petition to ITU country representatives
To: Voting members of the World Conference on International Telecommunications
I strongly oppose any attempt to undermine the fundamental freedoms of citizens online.
I urge you to use your voting power to reject the proposal that would change forever the rules that govern the internet.
I value my access to the internet as information source, a vital mode of communication and a source of connection and global exchange. My concern is that the treaty would:
- Allow governments greater powers to restrict access to the internet
- Increase government ability to monitor and constrain internet usage
- Charge users for services such as email and Skype
- Hurt internet users in the poorest countries most of all
This is a direct threat to my right to access the internet that has implications for freedom of association and freedom of speech.
I call on national and international leaders at the UN-convened World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai December 3 to 14 to respect the freedom of the internet and reject the ITU proposal to monetise, restrict and regulate the internet.
I urge you to use your voting power to reject this proposal and ensure that the internet remains an open resource that connects the globe. I want a new process that is open and inclusive for all internet users.