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.

I apologize for any inconvenience.   In Microsoft Expression Web, I just  removed the javascript code associated with the icon, uploaded my index page,  and restarted the Windows 7 laptop to verify that it had gone away.  (Yes, I am still a “programmer.” And I was late getting on to my computer today because of a “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday” physical comedy fiasco with a routine neighborhood errand this Monday morning.)  Now, if you want to see the pop-up, you have to navigate to the icon, and you know in advance that you intend to see it.  Fair enough?

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. 

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