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[Netsukuku-vala] Internet lock down moving forward?...

From: hawkiye
Subject: [Netsukuku-vala] Internet lock down moving forward?...
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2012 17:12:01 -0700
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Have you guys seen this? Internet Censorship/lockdown and control seems to be marching forward?

What's the latest on netsukuku? I haven't heard anything from the list in a while...

It seems in light of this it is rather imperative more then ever to get netsukuku out and in use to more then just developers so Internet lock down can become a non-issue?

Some excerpts:

The ITU will facilitate the The World Congress on International Telecommunications or WCIT, a treaty-level conference that addresses the international rules for telecommunications, including international tariffs.] The previous conference to update the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) was held in Melbourne in 1988. The next conference will be held in Dubai in December 2012.

The treaty itself consists of ten articles and 73 reservations from various of the 111 initial signatory countries. It covers both inter-country communications as well as maritime communications, governing privileged and emergency communications, accounting for services, and exceptions for bilaterally agreed communications.

In August 2012, ITU called for a public consultation on a draft document ahead of the conference. The proposal would allow government restriction or blocking of information disseminated via the internet and create a global regime of monitoring internet communications - including the demand that those who send and receive information identify themselves. It would also allow governments to shut down the internet if there is the belief that it may interfere in the internal affairs of other states or that information of a sensitive nature might be shared.[citation needed]
Telecommunications ministers from 193 countries will attend the conference.

What is all the hubbub about? Well the secret is now out...

A document leaked today, dated May 08, 2012, entitled [b]"DRAFT COMPLILATION OF PROPOSALS WITH OPTIONS FOR REVISIONS FOR THE ITRS. This document was created by the]International Telecommunication Union

The International Telecommunication Union, previously the International Telegraph Union, is the specialized agency of the United Nations which is responsible for information and communication technologies. ITU coordinates the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promotes international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, works to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world and establishes worldwide standards.

ITU also organizes worldwide and regional exhibitions and forums, such as ITU TELECOM WORLD, bringing together representatives of government and the telecommunications and ICT industry to exchange ideas, knowledge and technology. The ITU is active in areas including broadband Internet, latest-generation wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, satellite-based meteorology, convergence in fixed-mobile phone, Internet access, data, voice, TV broadcasting, and next-generation networks.

ITU is based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a member of the United Nations Development Group and its membership includes 193 Member States and around 700 Sector Members and Associates.
From the above linked Wikipedia source

Wikipedia also has the following to say about the mission of The ITU:

The ITU's mission is to enable the growth and sustained development of telecommunications and information networks, and to facilitate universal access so that people everywhere can participate in, and benefit from, the emerging information society and global economy. The ITU assists in mobilizing the technical, financial, and human resources required to make this vision real.

For the last 20 years, ITU has been coordinating efforts of government and industry and private sector in the development of a global broadband multimedia international mobile telecommunication system, known as IMT. Since 2000, the world has seen the introduction of the first family of standards derived from the IMT concept. Since May 2007, there are more than 1 billion IMT-2000 subscribers in the world.[citation needed] IMT-Advanced provides a global platform on which to build the next generations of mobile services - fast data access, unified messaging and broadband multimedia - in the form of exciting new interactive services.
A major priority of the ITU is bridging the so-called "digital divide" by building adequate and safe information and communication infrastructure and developing confidence in the use of cyberspace through enhanced online security.

The ITU also concentrates on strengthening emergency communications for disaster prevention and mitigation, especially in less developed regions.

The ITU has been in existense ....

 Read the whole article here:

On 05/04/2012 02:37 AM, Luca Dionisi wrote:
The project Netsukuku is alive, and under active development.
Nonetheless it is a fact that advancements with the development of the software come at a very slow pace, though they are real and quite steady.
I think that it is important that the fundamental features of the project may be implemented more quickly; those features are also realistically feasible (

For quite some time I think about trying the way of crowd funding as a means for me to be able to devote myself to the development continuously. Crowd funding is a mechanism to raise funds for a project by donation pledges, that are usually of low amount. These pledges become real donations only if, within an expiration period, their total amount grows up to the minimum requirement for the project.

I evaluated that, if I can reach an amount of 15,000 € (circa 20,000 $), I would be able to work on the project part-time (4 hours a day) for one year. This would imply, indeed, that I cannot work full-time for my current employer.
The reason why I thought that I could make this proposal is that, if we focus on the aspect of the production of the software in Vala and consequently its installation on embedded devices with OpenWRT, that I am the only developer working on it. This continuously for over 18 months, though only in my spare time.
I still have to choose the funding platform (,,,, ...) and make all the steps for the presentation of the project. Anyway in the meantime, I wanted to test the waters on this community and with some contacts of mine.
Soooo, what do you think?

Luca Dionisi

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