Net Hui South

November 24th, 2012 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

I’m in Dunedin attending Nethui South. Jordan Carter has a good blog about it:

So I am in Dunedin at the university for NetHuiSouth — a conference that is part of InternetNZ’s effort to bring multi-stakeholder Internet governance out to the provinces.

There’s a strong focus on rural and provincial issues, as well as the traditional issues concerning the global governance of the Internet. The looming WCIT summit, where the International Telecommunications Union (set up two centuries ago) will try and get its grubby little hands on the Internet, will be a key issue of concern. I am also expecting reports back from the global Internet Governance Forum, held in Baku last month.

It’s so everyday that for most of us it is easy to forget just how revolutionary the Internet is. A private sector, collaborative, open infrastructure lets people innovate without permission. It lets anyone publish their views, discover any fact, share their joys or sorrow, make money or spend it, and connect with whoever they want.

Keeping it that way is important. Some states want to shut down this field of freedom. They are wrong, but they will make the attempt now and again in future. Keeping the ‘net open is the vital response all of us can take – and we can help do it at events like .

I think the biggest boon of the Internet has been sharing of knowledge. 20 years ago you had to go out of your way to access information. You had to buy it, or go to a Library, or have it sent to you etc. Now a huge portion of the world’s knowledge is online and open to everyone.

In line with that, good to see this announcement:

Information Technology Minister Amy Adams says New Zealand will try to block an international move by some governments to take over the running of the internet.

Mrs Adams made the announcement at the first regional internet community conference, NetHui South, in Dunedin on Friday.

Some 193 countries will meet in Dubai in December this year to discuss a move to extend global treat the International Telecommunications Regulations to also cover the internet, giving national governments much more control.

Mrs Adams says New Zealand will vote against the move, because the not-for-profit agencies including ICANN, which organise the worldwide web, are doing a good job.

Having the ITU gain authority over aspects of the Internet would be horrific. Great to see NZ arguing against.

 

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5 Responses to “Net Hui South”

  1. thor42 (922 comments) says:

    Agreed, DPF.
    I despise anything to do with the UN, and since the ITU is a subgroup of the UN, my feelings apply to them as well.
    I’m sure that “Aunty Hulun” and co would LOVE to get her corrupt little claws on the Internet. The UN (pushed by the 57-member Islamic Conference) has already passed a resolution against the “defamation of religion” (really just a transparent effort to block the criticism of **Islam**). That kind of thing, shutting down websites that are critical of religions, would be right up power-freak control-freak Helen’s alley.

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  2. Anthony (768 comments) says:

    There is a socialist agenda at play here too with some countries wanting the wealthier countries to pay part of the cost of connecting international data cables to the rest of the world, and pay for sending traffic to these countries.

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  3. Harriet (4,528 comments) says:

    thor42 & Anthony#

    “….That kind of thing, shutting down websites that are critical of religions, would be right up power-freak control-freak Helen’s alley….”

    To then shut down religions themselves online.Then they’ll move onto what Anthony said-

    “…..There is a socialist agenda at play here too with some countries wanting the wealthier countries to pay part of the cost of connecting international data cables to the rest of the world, and pay for sending traffic to these countries….”

    As Stalin or Lenin said “Give me a child for 8 years and I’ll give you a Bolkavich for life.”

    I can see the propaganda flooding the 3rd world.

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  4. Ancient Dan (39 comments) says:

    Absolutely agree, I been associated with the growth of the Internet since 1978 when it was just a dream of some hippies in Soputh San Francisco and been on line since 1994.

    It is imperative that the Internet remain owned by no one directed by no one but used by all.

    It is far too precious to be given to Governments or worse to that dyusfuntional organisation known as the United Nations.
    It would be a complete disaster if either of those parties were to get their hands on it.

    Good on Amy for getting on the case with the right response.
    PS
    I wrote an essay on its origins in the 90′s. It was created with a good heart and should stay that way.
    http://www.informationlode.com/int/

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  5. Azeraph (603 comments) says:

    If a country wants a cable then the country should pay for it, business is business, like we should have done with the second cable. Governments should not try to control the net, it’s the printing press all over again, eventually this system of passing infomation to each other will change the system just like the printing press did. Finally we are going to vote against something worthwhile.

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