As the International Telecommunication Union enters its third day of meetings to discuss internet regulatory plans in Dubai, web activists, hacker collectives and online freedom advocates are gearing up for another fight against internet regulation and censorship.
It’s another battle in the war for an open internet – a war that the forces of anti-regulation seem to be winning.
The ITU is facing staunch opposition to proposed regulatory measures as tech giants like Google’s Vint Cerf have come out against the proposals. If recent history is any indication, attempts to regulate the internet, by and large, fail.
On local, national and international levels, internet users around the world have not only displayed a willingness to take to the streets to protest internet censorship but have demonstrated an ability to simply bypass any regulations or restrictions already put into place.
On the national level, China censors citizens’ internet access more heavily than almost any other country on the globe. Using what is called the “Great Firewall of China”, the People’s Republic boasts the most technologically advanced online censorship technology in the world.