I am sure most of you are already aware of Google’s initiative for Free and Open Web. They are going all out to make sure that voice of millions of Internet users is heard. Infact, they have put up a notice on their homepage requesting people to pledge their support for Free and Open Internet.
Why this movement is so important and Why you should support it?
In India, in recent times, we have had many examples where netizens expressing themselves on web through Social Networking sites and other platforms have had to face wrath of Political factions against which they have spoken. This is due to the fact that the IT laws are still very ambiguous (especially 66A in India) and nearly any kind of expression can be interpreted wrongly and can land people in trouble.
At a global level as well, we have many examples where Governments are banning 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.
With these incidents occurring more frequently The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is bringing together regulators from around the world to re-negotiate the communication treaty, which will essentially lay down the rules on Internet freedom.
The decisions made by the regulators will be done inside closed doors, and many representatives in this meeting will be from countries who support censoring internet.
Google’s Free and Open Web movement opposed this and is rightly of the opinion that Governments alone cannot determine the future of Internet. According to them, the experts that have built and manage internet should be part of decision making – which essentially also means that every person on the internet should have their say, because they are also part of making the internet.
So, if you want the internet to remain free and open, you need to raise your voice in every way possible. Pledge your support for the movement. This is the least we can do for our Internet Freedom!
Check out this video by Google..
Take Action: Add Your Voice to Keep the Internet #freeandopen
At the time of writing this, over 2.5 million people have already signed the pledge for Free and Open Internet.