How the ITU could put the internet behind closed doors.

English: 100 years International Telecommunica...

English: 100 years International Telecommunication Union Deutsch: 100 Jahre Internationale Fernmeldeunion :*Graphics by Lichtwitz :*Ausgabepreis: 40 Pfennig :*First Day of Issue / Erstausgabetag: 17. Mai 1965 :*Michel-Katalog-Nr: 476 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We love the internet.

And we’re guessing you do too. Think about all the awesome things it gives us: A vast communication network; innovative businesses; a platform to freely speak or challenge powerful governments; and hundreds and hundreds of hours of cat videos.

All this great stuff is available because the internet was designed in an open and inclusive way, with a multitude of voices being able to get a say on how it’s governed.

But the internet is in danger.

There’s a meeting between the world’s governments in a just a few weeks, and it could very well decide the future of the internet through a binding international treaty. It’s called the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), and it’s being organized by a government-controlled UN agency called the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

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