I have written a couple of times on this blog that what I like about the Web (and the Internet overall) is the fact that anyone can participate without having to ask for permission.
The origin of this is that the Internet was built around this idea. It was not made by a government with a top-down approach: the technical standards that make the Internet possible were created by engineers and scientists.
The result is that nobody owns the Internet, and everyone participate.
This may change, as governments will meet next week in Dubai, behind closed doors, to determine if countries should be allowed to regulate and control the structure of the Web.
I’ll leave it to Mozilla’s General Counsel, Harvey Handerson, to explain why this is such an important issue (emphasis is mine):
Whether the Internet is regulated by governmental treaties via the ITU and to what extent, is a vitally critical question. In fact it is so critical it can’t be done behind closed doors. The Internet as we know it today is just too fundamental to our lives to leave it to governments to decide its fate.
This is why all of us, citizens of the Web, need to take action on this important topic. How? Glad you asked:
- Read The ITU and You, on the official Mozilla blog. (The ITU is the International Telecommunications Union that organizes the conference in Dubai)
- View the video at What’s the ITU? (subtitles in 28 languages and growing at Amara / Universal Subtitles)
- Use and share the ITU Engagement Kit.
The freedom to participate is one of the key things that have made it so awesome. Let’s defend it.