Google warns UN internet treaty conference threatens free and open internet

Google.com
Nov. 21, 2012

A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet.

The Internet empowers everyone anyone can speak, create, learn, and share. It is controlled by no one no single organization, individual, or government. It connects the world. Today, more than two billion people are online about a third of the planet.

But not all governments support the free and open Internet.

There is a growing backlash on Internet freedom. Forty-two countries filter and censor content. In just the last two years, governments have enacted 19 new laws threatening online free expression.

Some of these governments are trying to use a closed-door meeting in December to regulate the Internet.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is bringing together regulators from around the world to re-negotiate a decades-old communications treaty.

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