Google counters that it is aggrieved that private-sector companies, civil society, and engineering organizations have no final say in decisions made by the conference that could ultimately determine—at least in part—the future trajectory of the Internet. The Center for Democracy and Technology takes a similar position. Ellery Roberts Biddle, a policy analyst at the CDT who will be speaking at the Nov. 29 Future Tense event on Internet governance in Washington, said she would prefer to see the ITU conference focus on improving access to information and communications technologies in developing countries, as opposed to trying to address content-related issues about filtering and cybersecurity.
“Suddenly everybody’s interested in global governance of the Internet,” said Syracuse University professor Milton Mueller. “If it was necessary to lie to people and tell them the ITU was going to take over the Internet, maybe it’s a good thing.”
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the official telecom arm of the United Nations, tells TPM that it isn't surprised that Google launched a campaign asking users to petition for a “free and open” Internet ahead of an upcoming ITU...
Stop the ITU taking over the internet, European Parliament warns. Parliamentarians call for ITU moves to be blocked at WCIT next month. By Jennifer Baker | IDG News Service | Published 17:03, 22 November 12.
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.
BY EVAN THOMAS BY LOGAN TITTLE The United Nations wants greater control of the Internet. US lawmakers and corporate representatives met Thursday in Washington amid fears of future censorship and potential civil-liberties violations.
Google is increasingly throwing around its power to improve its bottom line. The latest incident is a draft law in Germany that would force the company to share some revenues with newspaper publishers.
Chehade's acceptance follows on from Toure publicly offering to work with ICANN in a speech at the Internet Governance Forum just weeks earlier in Baku. The two met and with some diplomatic groundwork put in by ICANN's new government relations head, former Egyptian minister Tarek Kamel, an invitation from both the ITU and UAE were soon forthcoming, providing suitable political cover for both...... and ITU Sec Gen's Office @ITUSecGen states on twitter
Looking forward to the visit of our #WCIT12 special guest, @ICANN President & CEO, Fadi Chehadé http://bit.ly/YxQQM6 ; via @mymulticast
The responsibility for organising the WCIT rests with the ITU, which is the oldest UN organisation (1865). The current media frenzy about the internet, and the false rumours that the UN or any other organisation is going to take ...
A few months ago, I’d thought that the ITU folks could be safely ignored, there was going to be no power-grab for the Internet steering wheel or, if there…..via @mymulticast says ......global domination is @ play here in regards to ITU - United Nations vs Internet Giants Google
Wired.co.ukA simple guide to the ITU's World Conference on International ...Wired.co.ukThere have been murmurings of dissent about the UN's International Telecommunications Union gathering in December -- called the World Conference on International...
We've been covering how the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has been moving forward with its plans next month to consider a number of proposals to takeover aspects of internet regulation and governance. There are, of course, a number of different proposals being submitted by different countries.
The problem, of course, is that the setup of the ITU is not open to the public, and there are some special interests involved -- mainly by countries with oppressive governments looking to use this as a way to gain control over the internet for the sake of censorship, as well as local (often state-run or state-associated) telcos using the process to see if they can divert money from successful internet companies to their own bank accounts.
While the ITU likes to present itself as merely a neutral meeting place for all of these proposals, what's been clear for a while is that the ITU leadership has taken an active role in encouraging, cultivating and supporting some of the more egregious proposals.
Some of this is due to the way in which the ITU leadership views the internet. Some of it is due to an organization that realizes its own mandate is obsolete and it really serves little purpose anymore, so it's coping by pretending its mandate is much broader, but doing so in a way that shows it has little understanding of the internet other than "something we want a mandate over."
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