Posted on | December 7, 2012 | No Comments
Do not allow the government to take away our internet freedom!
The internet is for the people. It gives people the power to speak, to learn, to be heard, to express, to create, and to share. It is not controlled by any single unit, individual or company because it is controlled by the people.
But not all governments agree to this. In 42 countries, the use of the internet is being regulated and some contents are being censored. And in just the last two years, 19 new laws have been enacted that is posing a threat to our internet freedom of expression.
And this December 2012, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is trying to commence a closed door meeting to allow the government to censor legitimate speech and much worse – allow them to cut off internet access. Not only that! They also propose to apply extra fees to social media access like YouTube, Facebook and Skype.
Let us not allow them to make this happen!
Even from the beginning of history, people had been fighting for their freedom. They gave up their lives for the hope of giving their children and the future generation complete freedom and liberty. And the internet is one evidence of this freedom. It embodies the exact definition of liberty.
As a netizen, I gain a lot of benefits in the internet. I get connected with my loved ones from across the globe, I get updated with my friends’ activities, I get the latest news and recent happenings all over the world, and in just a few clicks, I can share to the world my thoughts, experiences and the lessons I learned from these experiences. And I do not want this kind of liberty to be taken away from me.
I firmly agree that as users of internet, netizens like us should be involved and be given a voice on how to regulate the web. The government’s main purpose is to serve its people and to provide better service, they must firstly know what the people needs and what the people wants, not the other way around.
I want a free and open internet. And I want to be involved in deciding its future. I may only be one among billions around the world but I will make a difference by supporting Google’s Take Action campaign.
Let the people speak for themselves and let their voices be heard.
Speak out and make a difference!
“A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. Governments alone, working behind closed doors, should not direct its future. The billions of people around the globe who use the Internet should have a voice.” – Google