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Changing the internet as we know it? (Please read. If you use the internet, this is relevant to you)

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Friends,

Governments from around the world will soon gather in Dubai at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), where they will negotiate a binding international treaty that could change the internet as we know it.

Several countries are proposing to expand the powers of a government-dominated institution, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Some proposals could legitimize monitoring and blocking online traffic. Others threaten privacy, seek to impose new fees for accessing content, or could very well slow down connection speeds¹.

Governments in Latin America to Africa to Asia are expressing doubt about these proposals, and we've been told that hearing directly from their citizens may well sway their vote. Together with Fight for the Future², Access has put together a video to mobilize the global internet to call on our governments to oppose handing over key decisions about the internet to the ITU.

Watch and share the video by clicking the link below, and sign this urgent petition. We'll deliver it before they gather in Dubai on December 3:

https://www.WhatistheITU.org

For an open internet,
The Access Team

PS: We hope you have been enjoying our weekly newsletter, the Access Express. We've received a great response, and hope you keep reading!

¹ https://www.accessnow.org/policy/itu
² http://www.fightforthefuture.org/

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If this matters to you, please spread the word by reposting this journal. As I said, it only takes a moment, and it affects everyone who uses the internet, including you.
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