When U.S. politicians and businesses tell us that the revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations could lead to a takeover of the Internet or global censorship, I think of Saddam Hussein.
People who believe that the ITU had tremendous powers to undo the Internet must also believe that a UN General Assembly resolution can actually promote, protect and secure human rights on the Internet. So we will be looking for a major change of attitude in the press and among all those warning us that WCIT poses one of the gravest threats to the Internet ever.
A U.N. agency that has been accused of attempting and/or facilitating a “takeover” of the Internet is pushing back, asserting that its role has always been just to organize international discussion about telecommunications.
The UN International Telecommunication Union is conducting constructive and potentially lucrative negotiations to update global telecommunications regulations, but the message keeps getting garbled in public fora, ITU officials said.