European Union slams the ITU over upcoming Internet vote
On November 22, 2012 the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning the vote by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) that would allow the organization to usurp power over the Internet.
Some are saying it is the boldest attempt at controlling the Internet to date when the ITU made plans to vote on the future of how the Internet will operate. Soon after the ITU announced their intentions, a resolution was drafted condeming the measure and was submitted to the European Union. In turn the E.U. voted on the issue with the vast majority of its 27 member in favor of condemning the ITU over its intetions. A copy of that measure can be seen here.
The World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT) will be held on December 3, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The meeting is being conducted in an effort to update and revise the international telecommunication operations, which has not been done since 1988. The ITU is an offshoot of the United Nations industry body for telecommunications operators.
Many critics of this upcoming ITU vote have pointed out that any treaties regarding telecommunication operations predates the Internet, and because of this fact, the ITU has no authority to vote on its future operations.
Google currently is voicing a lot of criticism over the ITU’s plans and have created a special website where users can voice their concerns and make pledges to keep the Internet as a “free and open Web”.