There’s been a ton of controversy recently surrounding the free and open nature of the internet. While the fact that it’s an open platform offers an untold number of advantages to people across the globe, many governments have recently gotten into the habit of trying to pass legislation that would censor and/or regulate the internet. We saw it with SOPA in the United States, though that was successfully shot down after the amount of negative attention it received from the public; we saw it with Bill C-11 in Canada, which has also been delayed due to backlash from the citizenry.
Despite the overwhelmingly negative reaction to all these attempts to regulate the internet, politicians just don’t seem to want to give up. This December, an international consortium of governments will be brought together by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and they will be discussing an update to a decades-old communications treaty that would allow them to regulate the internet.
Google has taken the bold move of publicly standing against this government intrusion into the free and open web, and has launched a new campaign on their “Take Action” site, where they encourage people to sign their name onto a roster of like-minded individuals. Google hopes they can get enough people signed up to send a clear message to world governments: we like the internet just the way it is – free and open.
It’s not the first time Google has used their Take Action platform to try to enact change in the world, but it might be the first time it’s gotten this much international traction behind it. If you’d like to continue using the uncensored internet to view sites like ours, head on over the the Google Take Action page, sign your name on the dotted line, and maybe tell a few friends about it, too.