Tag: ITR

#WCIT: Just one round in the tussle for digital freedom and responsibility_Avri Doria

Governance, Internet
Despite the propaganda that has become the hallmark of WCIT analysis of late, I wanted to try my hand at recording my impressions. I will try to avoid propagandizing, not that I am above propagandizing on occasion.  I have already written some words on various apsects, on different email lists. I will fold some version of those thoughts in here as well. more

U.N. to Take Over the Internet

Beneath the overhyped fears, there are real issues—backbone policies, cybersecurity, the free flow of information—at a major telecom conference Steven Cherry: Hi, this is Steven Cherry for IEEE Spectrum’s “Techwise Conversations.” An obscure U.N. agency, the International Telecommunication Union [ITU], wants to take over the Internet. Don’t believe me? Just read the headlines in the tech press. “Google Rallies Opposition to U.N. Takeover of Internet Governance” was the one in the normally sane online publication Ars Technica. PCWorld had the European parliament saying, “Stop the ITU [from] Taking Over the Internet.” ZDNet said, “Take Action Before the U.N., Russia, and China Hijack the Internet.” Forbes’s article had the tongue-in-cheek title “U.N. Agency Reassures: We Just Want to B

Who supported the ITRs at WCIT-12?

Governance, Internet
There is a clear correlation between a state's ranking in the Democracy Index and how their position on the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR) at the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) World Conference on Information Technology (WCIT-12). The following chart compares those countries that supported the ITRs with those that did not or deferred their vote until after consulting with their home country.more

Resist the Increasing Role of the United Nations in Internet Governance

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations specialized agency, will host the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 3–14. The purpose of this conference is to reach consensus among the 193 ITU member states on updating the 1988 International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs) governing international telecommunications. more

System error: Governments squabble over new rules for the internet

THE rules of the internet decide its speed, safety, accessibility, flexibility and unity. They therefore matter not just to computer enthusiasts, but to everyone with a stake in the modern world. On December 3rd officials from more than 150 countries, plus do-gooders, geeks and other interested parties, will meet in Dubai to argue about how to run the network—and fight over who should control it. more