Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, posted on Google blog that “Today, I’ve signed that petition on Google’s behalf because we don’t believe governments should be allowed to grant themselves a monopoly on Internet governance. The current bottoms-up, open approach works–protecting users from vested interests and enabling rapid innovation. Let’s fight to keep it that way.”
“Last week the UN Committee on Science and Technology announced that only governments would be able to sit on a working group set up to examine improvements to the IGF–one of the Internet’s most important discussion forums. This move has been condemned by the Internet Governance Caucus, the Internet Society (ISOC), the International Chamber of Commerce and numerous other organizations–who’ve published a joint letter (PDF) and launched an online petition to mobilize opposition,” writes Vint Cerf.