Google rallies support for free, open Internet
One week before the world's governments meet to discuss the future of the Internet, Google is mobilizing netizens to demand that the Internet remain open and free.
In a post on its Google+ account, the Internet giant warned some governments want to use the meeting of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to increase censorship.
"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," it said.
It set up a website (www.google.com/takeaction/) where supporters of the call to keep the Web free and open may enter their email address and location.
Google said the email addresses may be used for sending updates on Internet policy initiatives.
It added it may publish the names given by those who sign up as part of the website and discussion, while the location data may be used to display the "vibrant conversation across the world."
"A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. And a #freeandopen Internet depends on you,” Google said.
The ITU, in an article on its website, said the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai from Dec. 3 to 14 seeks to "review the current International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), which serve as the binding global treaty designed to facilitate international interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services."
It added the conference also aims to ensure their efficiency and widespread public usefulness and availability. — TJD, GMA News