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EU Passes Resolution Against ITU Asserting Control Over Internet 133

An anonymous reader writes "Today, the European Parliament passed a resolution that condemns the upcoming attempt from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to assert control over the Internet, and instructed its 27 Member States to act accordingly. This follows an attempt from the ITU to assert itself as the governing body and control the Internet. From the article: 'The resolution, which was passed with a large majority, included Members of European Parliament (MEPs) from all major party groups, and the Pirate Party’s Amelia Andersdotter had been playing a central role in its drafting, together with MEPs Marietje Schaake and Judith Sargentini from the Netherlands, Sabine Verheyen and Petra Kammerevert from Germany, Ivailo Kalfin from Bulgaria, and Catherine Trautmann from France.'"
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EU Passes Resolution Against ITU Asserting Control Over Internet

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 23, 2012 @03:05AM (#42071599)

    Despite all the failing and shortcomings, mother Europe still delivers.

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Friday November 23, 2012 @03:06AM (#42071605) Journal

    I'm pretty sure that having the EU tell you "STFU and leave it to the yanks" is one of the harsher put-downs that a multinational treaty organization can suffer...

  • Good (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gweihir ( 88907 ) on Friday November 23, 2012 @03:13AM (#42071619)

    The anti-innovation, anti-competition strategy of the telcos must be stopped. The only thing as dysfunctional was the old USSR planned-economy model.

  • by Sir_Sri ( 199544 ) on Friday November 23, 2012 @03:18AM (#42071643)

    It's both a giant stab at the ITU and the US. They don't want a single entity in control, and they want to make sure all stakeholders are considered collaboratively (which is what the ITU is anyway, but at a different level). In other words, we don't like the current setup, but we thing the ITU being in charge could be worse.

    It plants itself firmly in the camp of open internet, something the US has consistently stood against in one way or another (blocking foreign sports betting, arresting Kim Dotcom, Going after wikileaks payments etc.).

    Now what will plan B look like...

  • by Xest ( 935314 ) on Friday November 23, 2012 @05:01AM (#42071989)

    It's because it's elected by proportional representation.

    That's what happens when you have politicians who actually have to represent the people who vote them in, and this is why all governments should move to a porportional system if they genuinely want to class themselves as democratic societies and legitimate representatives of the people.

    People think electoral reform in most countries is just a fringe side issue, but it's the single most important issue in improving accountability and hence decreasing corruption and increasing quality of representation IMO. Things still wont be perfect with true proportional representation, but as the EP shows, they're a damn sight better than many of the individual national european governments by themselves and than the likes of the EC.

  • by SplashMyBandit ( 1543257 ) on Friday November 23, 2012 @05:45AM (#42072159)

    I think the Europeans recognize that a move to the ITU regulating the Net would result in a situation where all sorts of shennanigans could happen. Yes, the ITU has done a fine job up to now, but that is because they set technical specs and didn't have much power. If they got power then companies and countries would almost certainly corrupt this body to the detriment of ordinary citizens (who have no way of opposing or correcting the regulations that are produced - at least in the US you can take organizations to court, and the EFF often does).

    The EU has seen the dangers and has done well to prevent possible problems in the future - such as the ITU being subverted. Just think of the Microsoft orchestrated voted stuffing of ISO in the Open XML fiasco a few years back; we don't want similar things to break the freedom of the Internet. For example, think of the move to ban criticism of religion, which is exactly opposed to free speech principles of the important freedom to criticize and even offend.

  • Re:Good (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Bearhouse ( 1034238 ) on Friday November 23, 2012 @06:34AM (#42072381)

    The only thing as dysfunctional was the old USSR planned-economy model.

    How about the "unplanned" international banking crisis?

  • by jcdr ( 178250 ) on Friday November 23, 2012 @08:08AM (#42072833)

    Perhaps the main problem is not the organisation itself, but how much political are the problems there deal with. "Control over Internet" is something that is now highly political. ITU is an organisation that historically faced some political problems and have show how complex there can be. Not certain that others international organisations will better face the same complexity. The political questions are complex, regardless the organisation where there take place. See for example the ISO, that have also faced some highly political problems, for questions that was simple in comparison..

  • Re:Yeah right (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jareth-0205 ( 525594 ) on Friday November 23, 2012 @09:40AM (#42073369) Homepage

    it was this whore

    Starting with a stupid sexist accusation like that makes me and many other people ignore the rest of your comment. Perhaps you have a valid point about her behaviour in office, but if you're unable to make it without a completely unjustified sexual slur, then you don't deserve to be heard.

    Grow the fuck up.

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