Internet governance is a big, international issue. There is an amazing and diverse collection of opinions around what our governments should decide when they gather at the ITU meeting in Dubai in December. This Popcorn Maker project helps us—the web—speak in one voice while celebrating the plurality of languages and viewpoints that make the web such an amazing place to be.
To do that, we’re launching an experiment: in collaboration with Access Now and Fight for the Future, we’ve cut a short video that explains the ITU and why it’s important that our voices be heard. But this is no ordinary video—we’ve loaded the ITU activism video into Mozilla Popcorn Maker, where you’ll be able to easily personalize, remix, and share the content of the video.
Try these ideas out:
1. Translate the video into your local language
2. Change the tone or content of the message
3. Customize the call to action
When you’re finished, click ‘Share’ to get a link or embed code you can add to your site or share with your friends.
The Internet has always been guided forwards by collaborative, open approaches. We believe that these approaches are one of the reasons why the web has become and remained the wonderful, powerful and empowering place we know today. In the coming weeks, this successful model of governing and shaping the future of the web will be at risk.
On December 3rd, nations from around the world will be meeting in Dubai for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), a meeting of the ITU. These governments will be meeting behind closed doors to determine if an old treaty will be amended to allow countries the power to more fully regulate and control the structure of the web.
Whether the Internet is regulated by governmental treaties via the ITU and to what extent, is a vitally critical question. In fact it is so critical it can’t be done behind closed doors. The Internet as we know it today is just too fundamental to our lives to leave it to governments to decide its fate
Mozilla’s mission is to promote openess, innovation and opportunity on the web. We do this first and foremost by building great products. But, as any Mozillian knows — the story is much more than the latest release or coolest hack. The Internet depends critically on a human network of communities and relationships, and Mozilla builds movements that strengthen the web.
The resources we are making available today will give you everything you need to learn about the upcoming meeting and why it matters, craft an effective message to get your government to listen, and engage in the global conversation about how decisions about the future of the web should be made.