OTTAWA, Nov. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - An international campaign to preserve the
free and open Internet is launching in Canada this week.
This new campaign, which includes representatives from the global
Internet community, opposes proposals that are expected to be tabled at
an upcoming international conference of the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU), the body that regulates
telecommunications traffic globally. These proposals would see certain
key elements of the Internet placed under control of the ITU, a United
Nations co-ordinated, multi-national body. The widely held view of many
in the Internet community is that proposals to improve Internet
security are nothing more than veiled attempts by some countries with
less than fully functioning democratic institutions to have a pretext
to increase Internet surveillance and restrict the freedoms of global
Canadians are asked to join in support of the free and open Internet by
signing a global petition opposing these proposals to clamp down on the
digital rights of the global online community. This petition can be
found here: http://www.change.org/netgrab.
"As a supporter of the free and open Internet, we oppose any attempts to
put restrictions on the online activities of Canadian citizens," said
Byron Holland, president and CEO of Canadian Internet Registration Authority. "The current model for governing the Internet, called the
multi-stakeholder model, is responsible for the Internet's success, for
its role in both elevating the global economy and the spread of
democratic free speech."
The multi-stakeholder governance model allows a myriad of stakeholders -
such as engineers, marketers, coders, civil society, academics, and
security experts - to have a voice equal to that of nations,
non-governmental organizations or corporations. In short, the people
and organizations that have a stake in the Internet's success are the
people and organizations that make the decisions about its development.
At a recent meeting of the International Corporation of Assigned Names
and Numbers (ICANN), President of the Treasury Board, the Honourable
Tony Clement, also reaffirmed the government of Canada's support for
the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance: http://www.cira.ca/news/news-releases/governance-model/.
The ITU was first established in 1865 to regulate telegrams, and later
telephones and faxes. At the World Conference on Information Technology
(WCIT) in Dubai in December, the ITU will conduct the first review of
the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) in 25 years,
including proposal to potentially regulate elements of the global
Internet. One example of concern is a proposal to treat Internet
traffic like regular telephone calls for international billing purposes
have been found to risk the future of the Internet as we know it.
"The bottom-up, light handed approach enabled by the multi-stakeholder
model and used by ICANN has allowed the Internet to become an
incredible economic and democratizing force and the greatest driver of
social change since the printing press," said Holland. "This is a
governance model that reflects the uniqueness of the Internet itself
which we must work to preserve and evolve."
"CIRA is pleased by the Canadian government's unqualified support for
the Internet's multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance," says
Holland. "I now also call on Canadians to take action to ensure the
Internet remains innovative, secure, inter-operable and, most
importantly, free and open."
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority is the Member-driven
organization that manages Canada's .CA domain name registry, develops
and implements policies that support Canada's Internet community, and
represents the .CA registry internationally.
SOURCE: Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)
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