Stop the Net grab: 1 week to go
Thanks to everyone who has supported the Stop the Net Grab petition to next week’s World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai.
More than 20,000 have signed internationally now, and it’s being noticed by many people involved in the upcoming conference. It’s meant that we’ve had the opportunity yesterday to present supporters’ concerns in person at a meeting with the head of the UK delegation to the conference.
We had a positive exchange about many of the issues we’re particularly worried about. We were encouraged that the UK Government shares a number of our concerns, and will be sending a high level delegation comprising government, industry, and some civil society members to the conference.
We found a good degree of common ground, and think we’ll be able to work constructively with them on next week’s conference and the series of UN events following on from it. Other unions around the world are working to lobby their own country delegations, as are the ITUC internationally.
So there’s still all to play for at the WCIT conference, but we can prevent dictatorial governments using the UN process to help them monitor and censor the Net.
If haven’t signed yet, please do. And if you’re able to help share our campaign further, that’d be really helpful. The more people who know about the decisions being taken next week in Dubai, the greater the public profile of the event, and the more pressure we can bring to bear on delegations.