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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘ITU’

Over Half of TV Viewing is Now Digital

The UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) today released a report showing that over half of all TV broadcasts are now digital. More specifically, over 55% of households with a TV worldwide receive digital programming, rather than traditional analogue signals. The ITU interprets these findings to mean that the tipping point for digital broadcasting was reached as some point during 2012. …

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The Free Internet Survived 2012, But Will It Be That Lucky Next Year?

2012 was a dangerous year for the free Internet. Lawmakers and global stakeholders all took a shot at policing and regulating the Internet over the past year to no avail. That doesn’t mean they’ve given up, and 2013 could prove disastrous if certain parties have their way. To that end, it would be advantageous to look back on all the …

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White House Speaks Out On U.S. Rejecting UN Internet Treaty

Last week, there was much rejoicing after the U.S. and other nations firmly rejected a UN treaty that sought to regulate the Internet on an international level. There’s been a lot of talk about the conference since then, but the White House hasn’t offered a statement on the conclusion of the conference until now. Echoing a previous statement made near …

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Does Free Speech Matter When The Internet Itself Is In Danger Of Breaking?

The ITU conference has one more day to go before it winds down on December 14. Until then, a proposal that would lead to governmental regulation of the Internet could be put forward despite some countries taking similar proposals off the table. The House and Senate have already publicly opposed any such outcome, and now the Obama administration is adding …

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U.S. And Allies Refuse To Sign Internet Treaty, ITU Conference Likely A Bust

We brought you word that the ITU talks in Dubai had become noticeably more worrisome in its two final days. The convention of delegates held a “non-vote vote” on whether or not the ITU would have any control over the Internet. It passed thanks to the support of less than reputable nations, but now the U.S. and its allies have …

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Majority Of Nations Cast A Non-Binding Vote In Favor Of Expanded Internet Control

The past two weeks must have been stressful for the US delegates at the ITU conference in Dubai. They, alongside their EU allies, had to convince delegates from every other nation that the ITU should not be expanded to cover the Internet. Their efforts seemed to have worked as China, Russia, and others pulled their resolutions, but those same nations …

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The US Isn’t Ready To Give Up On ITU Talks Just Yet

As the ITU talks continue this week, one of the most worrisome proposals has been shelved. The proposal in question would have allowed nations like Russia, China and Saudi Arabia more say in how the Internet is governed. Despite that concession, rumors are pointing to the US delegates giving up on the ITU conference altogether and heading home. According to …

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Open Internet Scores A Win At ITU, China And Russia Withdraw Bids For Internet Control

The world has been watching and waiting for the past week as nations from around the world are meeting in Dubai to discuss the future of the ITU. The conference could have significant implications for the open Web as some nations are asking for more control over the Internet. Thankfully, it appears that some nations are beginning to back off …

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House Unanimously Opposes UN Takeover Of The Internet

Politics are messy. It’s hard to get any two parties to agree on something, and it’s still full of vitriol and mudslinging when they do. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see lawmakers agree on something for once, even if it might not accomplish much. On Wednesday, the House unanimously passed a Senate resolution that calls for the US to …

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Over 1 Million People Are Protesting The ITU With Google

In just a few hours, delegates from around the world will be meeting in Dubai to discuss changes to the ITU. The results of which could lead to further regulation of the Internet by less than reputable countries that want more power in controlling how and what its citizens access online. Google doesn’t like that for a variety of reasons, …

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The Fate Of The Free Internet Goes Up For Vote In December

The fate of the free Internet will be decided at a private meeting in Dubai on December 3. UN member nations will argue for or against a plan that would give control of the Internet to the ITU, instead of the current NGO multiple stakeholder approach. Some within the US government have already voiced their opposition, and now the EU …

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Google Wants You To Protect Internet Freedom

Earlier this year, Google and other Internet companies mobilized people to take down SOPA and PIPA. It worked pretty well back then, and now Google is back at it again targeting the next threat to the Internet – the UN. In December, nations around the world will be meeting in Dubai to discuss proposed changes to how the Internet is …

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