Monday, December 03, 2012
ITU-related pop-up shows up on one of my own sites; what's a legitimate way for causes to get attention?
Today, when I navigated to my own “doaskdotell.com” site on the home page, I found that, in any browser, the first time (since reboot on a Windows 7 machine – and this did not happen in Windows XP on an older machine) I got a pop-up (I don’t usually enable popup blockers because of the “news business” I’m in) from the Internet Defense League icon that I had posted on the site at the urging of Electronic Frontier Foundation last summer. The pop-up would occur the first time I went to my page in any one browser since the most recent reboot of W7.
The link for the Internet Defense League is here. If you go there today and allow pop-ups, you will see it.
The pop-up concerns an email petition to “Stop the Internet Coup” on December 3. The pop-up talks about a secretive “top-down body” called the ITU which world governments would use.
The crux of the matter is a battle between the International Telecommunications Union (the ITU) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). There is a detailed story this morning by Carolyn Duffy Marsan of Internet World, here.
While I personally support the work of the Internet Defense League, I can’t allow any one organization to monopolize attention of visitors to my websites and blogs. Furthermore, allowing the popup could compromise MyWOT, Webutation, or McAfee Site Advisor ratings, and might raise TOS issues.
I see that I’ve discussed the ITU issue here June 12, 2012 and on the International Issues Blog June 7, 2012.