The Internet Treaty Canada Won't Sign

Catherine Hart | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Catherine Hart

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) negotiations wrapped up last week, bringing a whirlwind week to a close. This shift towards explicitly recognizing the authority of the ITU over Internet content led Canada, among many nations, to refuse to sign the final draft of the treaty.

U.S., Canada Rebel Against UN Control Of Internet

CP | Brian Murphy, The Associated Press | Posted 02.12.2013 | Canada Business

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A number of western countries including Canada snubbed a U.N. telecommunications treaty Thursday after rivals, including...

Should The UN Govern The Internet?

CBC | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Business

A United Nations conference is set to debate whether the international body should play a larger role in governing the internet, stirring criticism fr...

The People Putting Internet Freedom at Risk

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 12.10.2012 | Canada Business
Steve E. Anderson

As the International Telecommunication Union's negotiations move closer, more worrying developments are coming to light. At Openmedia we recently posted about some of the main concerns raised by the secretive negotiations, which threaten to change the Internet as we know it. A recent report highlights concerns that the proposals are particularly harmful to the developing world because accessing Internet content will become more expensive. Some content providers might choose to simply stop servicing regions with customers that have limited buying power. It's the role users play in Internet governance, not governments and big telecom conglomerates, that should be expanded.

Don't Let the UN Change the Internet You Know

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 11.18.2012 | Canada
Steve E. Anderson

We are deeply troubled by the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union (ITU) proposals that seek to apply outdated telecommunication policy to the Internet. Any ITU process pertaining to Internet governance should be decentralized, transparent, accountable, and open to participation by Internet users and all stakeholders, with equal footing.