In this article It was reported that hackers have plans to set up their own satellite communications system to circumvent government censorship. In a other article on this site, this plan has already been discussed before and it is stated that open internet is a human right.
That this view is not shared everywhere and that it does not appear to be unhealthy suspicion of this group of hackers to come up with these types of plans, is made clear by the following article with excellent analysis: Help, ITU is committing an internet coup!
The organization they use for this is the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This is an agency of the United Nations whose core task is to deal with technology, development and policy-making around telecommunications. For example, the ITU has set the requirements for a 4G standard. They call themselves “the foremost global forum in which all participating parties work towards consensus on a variety of topics that will determine the future direction of the ICT industry”. 193 countries are members of this organization along with 700 companies and universities.
At the time of writing, a Dubai major conference is taking place WCIT-12 of the ITU. During this conference plans are discussed from, among others, the aforementioned countries that relate to the regulation of the internet. These plans are amendments intended for the revision of it International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR). This is a agreement which was closed in 1988 and has not been updated since then. This treaty stipulates the principles according to which international telecommunications are regulated. The ITU monitors compliance with this convention. The idea behind these amendments is to also include the internet under these telecom rules. Then it is possible to gain greater influence on the internet via the telecom providers. Russia wants to gain more influence over the internet within its own country borders via the ITU. And European telecom providers are willing to create a separate network over which the data traffic generated by data providers such as Google and Facebook is transported for a fee. In addition to the US, the EU and ICT European Commissioner Neelie Kroes against this.
Here a video can be found showing what danger there is, according to the makers of this video, if the internet comes under the telecom rules of the ITU.
An interesting one article on the Russia Today website which only mentions a proposal from China to get more control over the internet through the ITU. This article talks about adopting this proposal from China about allowing the use of the Y.2770 standard for DPI. DPI stands for Deep packet inspection and is a technique for substantively analyzing electronic data traffic.
Last year is still here in the Netherlands fuss about this technology came about when telecom provider KPN announced that it had used DPI to monitor mobile internet. They did this to determine which techniques people used to send data. In practice, this means that it involves monitoring the amount of data traffic generated by apps such as WhatsApp and Skype. These apps ensured that clients made less use of KPN's services, while the costs for mobile internet did increase. At least a few months later there were new subscriptions from KPN with data limits for mobile internet. Thanks to the inclusion of net neutrality in the telecom law by the House of Representatives, it was not possible to charge extra fees for certain specific mobile services.
It is therefore not surprising that internet giant Google it not agrees with these plans and therefore an online petition has started to demonstrate against these plans. More information can also be found about what these plans entail and what the possible consequences are for the freedom of internet users worldwide.
On Saturday December 8 there was another interesting one broadcast of the radio program 'Nieuwsshow' of the Tros, which includes a conversation with Dirk Poot party chairman of the Pirate Party Netherlands. In it, he further explains what the plans of Russia and China, among others, could mean for the future and freedom of the internet.