The recently completed World Conference on International Telecommunications, WCIT, demonstrated that there is not yet a global consensus on certain fundamental issues concerning the telecom and Internet sectors.
Peter H. Hellmonds's insight:
U.S. Ambassador Philip Verveer explains in official State Dept blog why the U.S. did not sign the #ITRs at #WCIT12 in Dubai. #ITU #WCIT
It really is a shame when a government takes the all too evident step to cut the whole country and all of its citizens off the Internet as has happened today in Syria. The last few governments who tried this (Egypt, Libya) have not lasted much long after that.
Let's hope that connectivity, and peace for the Syrian people, can be restored shortly.
WiReD UK is looking at these questions: "What is the ITU? Is it trying to control the internet? Why are Google and other web freedom evangelists concerned?" -- and comes to a somewhat seasoned conclusion. Food for thought!
Zine Web Tech Magazine) – ICANN Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehadé and Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker will join other ICANN executives in conducting an 'Open Forum' session at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) ...
The Internet has thus developed an efficient market for connectivity based on these voluntary contractual agreements. Operating in a highly competitive environment, largely without regulation or central organisation, the Internet model of traffic exchange has produced low prices, promoted efficiency and innovation, and attracted the investment necessary to keep pace with demand.
Summary: There is complete lack of understanding of the Internet among governments across the world. Until we make sense of the Internet, isn’t it better to regulate it with the same rules and regulations that govern our everyday lives?
Public consultation for our World Conference on International Telecommunications (#WCIT12) is now open! Make your contribution to the discussions in any of the 6 UN languages by 3 November: http://bit.ly/PnrNHf
Digital Trends talks with former U.S. Ambassador David A. Gross about the international proposals to give member states of the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations' agency, more regulatory power over the global Internet.
What do you think? Should there be a "right to be forgotten"?
While this may sound right if you think of pranks done by teenagers who don't want to be reminded of them when they apply for a job years later, would this "forgetting" also apply to crimes, human rights abuses etc?
Perhaps a "fading into history" function would be preferable, allowing for past activities to no longer show up in the usual search results, but giving researchers and reporters access to the past.
"UNESCO, in cooperation with ITU, UNCTAD and UNDP, is organizing the first WSIS +10 review meeting entitled "Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development". This meeting will assess the progress made, look at ongoing and future ICT trends and build a vision for new information/knowledge societies in the framework of the overall WSIS review process towards 2015."
When:02/25/2013 10:00 through 02/27/2013 18:00 Where:7, place de FontenoyParis, 75007 France
American delegation to meeting in Dubai rejected last-minute restrictions inserted in text by UAE.
Peter H. Hellmonds's insight:
There is a large rift between countries who want the Internet to come under the rules of the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which are being updated for the first time since 1988, and those who want to keep the Internet free from those rules. As the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT12), where the negotiations are taking place, is nearing its end, the rift becomes ever more transparent.
“It is clear that the world community is at a crossroads in its collective view of the Internet,” Kramer, the US ambassador to WCIT said.
The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 22 Nov 2012 calling upon the European Council and the Commission to ensure
that any changes to the International Telecommunication Regulations help to advance "the internet as a truly public place, where human rights and fundamental freedoms, particularly freedom of expression and assembly, are respected and the observance of free market principles, net neutrality and entrepreneurship are ensured."
The EP regrets "the lack of transparency and inclusiveness surrounding the negotiations for WCIT-12", rejects that ITU or any other single entity should have a regulatory authority over Internet governance or traffic flows, and "believes that internet governance and related regulatory issues should continue to be defined at a comprehensive and multi-stakeholder level."
Make sure you read the full text of the resolution.
The United Nations agency which deals with freedom of expression on the Internet today warned that restrictions directly limiting Internet access appear to be on the rise, and called on governments to implement policies that facilitate broadband...
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Ed Black: The Internet is the world’s biggest economic and social success story of the past three decades. Citizens, NGOs, engineers and governments have all have joined together to write an amazing narrative. That success story now is under threat.
"We must choose between two paths – either we can change the nature of the internet by acceding to a Westphalian regulatory structure of internet governance, or we can change the world." TOOMAS HENDRIK ILVES - The President of the Republic of Estonia at the Freedom House Annual Awards Dinner in Washington on the 20th of September, 2012
"ITU should 'leave Net regulation to stakeholders' The Nation The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) should focus on telephony as its core task and not expand its scope to regulate the Internet...David Gross"