Google has published an entertaining (3:30 long) video clip that tells the story of the Internet and Google’s concern that WCIT-12 might spoil the party that is the Internet. It’s in storyboard form with an Englishman doing the voiceover, and announces their Take Action page to “support a free and open Internet”. There, visitors can sign a petition that reads simply,
Pledge your support for the free and open Internet:
A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. Governments alone, working behind closed doors, should not direct its future. The billions of people around the globe who use the Internet should have a voice.
Google has put its money where its mouth is. In 2010 they announced that they were “no longer willing to continue censoring”, and shut down their China-based servers.
Here is a short video interview with U.S. ambassador Verveer that took place a few hours ago in Dubai at the WCIT conference.
I remember awaiting news of 1960s and 70s-era ITU WRC (World Radio Conference) meetings. I’d have to wait to read reports in IEEE and amateur radio magazines at least a month after the meeting . . . and the reports were just dull copy that filled printed column after printed column.
Life was hard before the Internet and Youtube. Hard, I tells ya!
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