The governments of the world are relentless.
They recognize the freedom the Net gives its citizens and many see this information as an existential threat. Whether its activists on Twitter in Iran, or citizens blogging about last year’s train disaster in China, many of the powers that be would like to clamp down on the spreading of information. It makes things difficult for them. Information is the crony’s kryptonite.
Earlier this year, the Internet legion rose to fight SOPA and CISPA in the United States and ACTA in Europe. Now the call to the defenders of information freedom is going out again. A free and open web must now be defended at the United Nations.
(From Tech Dirt)
Over two billion people are already online, representing about a third of the planet. And, yes, spreading that access further is a good goal, but the ITU is not the player to do it. The reason that the internet has been so successful and has already spread as far as it has, as fast as it has, is that it hasn’t been controlled by a bureaucratic government body in which only other governments could vote. Instead, it was built as an open interoperable system that anyone could help build out. It was built in a bottom up manner, mainly by engineers, not bureaucrats. Changing that now makes very little sense.
Besides, does anyone really think that a process that requires the companies who successfully innovated to funnel money to corrupt governments and/or corrupt state-controlled telcos is going to magically lead to greater investment in internet growth? If so, I’ve got a prince in Nigeria with 53 $ Million US waiting in a bank all for you.