Protect Net Neutrality

Is Net Neutrality Important to You and Your Business? By Agnes Banks

Written by Agnes Banks
Category: Digital World Without Borders Published: Wednesday, 22 November 2017 02:00
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We have all read that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to repeal net neutrality. This concerns the United States, but, regardless where you are located in the world, you will feel the effects of this action. Do you agree that internet service providers and governments must treat all internet data the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication? Who can we trust to protect our rights? How can we, together, around the world, find a way to influence our leaders to recognize that internet access should be a fundamental human right, entrenched in government and international laws?

 

 

The Internet is under attack. This is the Battle for the Net

 

We are again confronted by the fact that our fundamental rights can be removed by our gatekeepers at any time without warning, and with consequences for years to come.

Kristóf Gilicze, a commentator of the above video, “Guys! Wake up … that’s not how internet works, even if they throttle some sites, you can always tunnel through a proxy or Vpn somewhere outside the US and kaboom it works..” But what if other governments follow the FCC initiative? We can be smarter, the internet is one of the mode of "communication" to share and access data on the web. We must take this as a jumping board to innovate and materialize new ways beside the internet

New Rules:Digital is inclusive, impartial, diverse, reliable, and factual

The goals are to adapt regulations worldwide to guarantee high-speed internet access as a gateway to modern communication, information, entertainment, and economic opportunity.

A- UN says internet access is a human right. The United Nations Human Rights Council already passed a non-binding resolution in June 2016 that condemns countries that intentionally take away or disrupt its citizens’ internet access. The internet is not a utility, this is not like electricity, or telecommunications. Let's create international internet rules and regulations, in the same way that international waters are ruled and regulated. What about working toward a binding United Nations Convention on the Law of the Internet. 

B - New rules for the Web. Meanwhile, we continue to develop new ways to work on the web, so that its access is inclusive, impartial, diverse, reliable, and factual. The internet is one tool to communicate on the web. We must trust and help developers and coders who are developing new alternatives to the internet.

Starting at home, I must confess that, distracted and disillusioned by news and events, I abandoned an article titled "Reforming the Web,” which is a continuation of a series of articles about the web. The first article of the series that I wrote, Critical Turning Point in the Transfer of Knowledge, left us thinking about knowledge, gatekeepers, responsibility, and liability. The second article opened the door on The Web Black Hole, reflecting on the evolution of communication and knowledge in our societies. In The World Wild Web, I look at the forces impacting our digital experience on the web. 

Several months later, I can better see what I missed and what matters, and I hope to soon publish the article.

As for today, let's speak out and join Google and Facebook to inform each of us, in every corner of the world, to unite for an inclusive internet and web. Pluralism values must become entrenched in our education. If not taken seriously, our unity will be too fragile to face challenges beyond our imagination. Robots and AI may be the best hope to bring a chorus of unity among us, but wouldn’t it be better to rely on each one of us? 

Don't miss my next article in the web series, coming soon. 

 

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Agnes Banks is a content contributor and Director at Frontmatter Limited.

 

Extra Reading 

Here are some excellent articles for additional depth by FightForThe Future .

They cover the issue, its political history, the struggles we've overcome, and the fight ahead in Congress and at the FCC.

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