Tag: UN

Surveillance a major concern at conclusion of UN-backed forum on internet governance

25 October 2013 – While reaffirming the need to strengthen the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance, the United Nations-backed forum on the issue, known as the IGF, concluded today in Bali, Indonesia with an acknowledgement that surveillance is the major emerging issue of the year. Over four days, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), set up to support Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in carrying out the mandate of the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis (WSIS), debated actions taken by Internet actors on a host of issues related to domain names, censorship, security and other issues. Referred to as “the elephant in the room” in the opening session, however, the issue of surveillance cast a long shadow over the discussions at the forum, an annual meetin

EU passes resolution against ITU designs on the internet

Governance, Internet
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT has passed a resolution opposing the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) assertion that it should control the internet. The ITU will hold a behind closed doors meeting on 3 December where it is expected to claim that it should have control over the internet. That prospect led to Google saying that would result in censorship and threaten innovation. Now the European Parliament has passed a resolution stating that the ITU or any single organisation is not the appropriate entity to claim regulatory authority over the internet.The Inquirer (http://s.tt/1uyQj)

Google rallies opposition to UN takeover of Internet governance

Business, Governance
The world's leading search company has decided to come out swinging against an effort by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the telecommunications arm of the United Nations, to seize a larger role for itself in Internet governance. "There is a growing backlash on Internet freedom," Google says on its website. "Forty-two countries filter and censor content. In just the last two years, governments have enacted 19 new laws threatening online free expression." more

Three little ICANN atrocities that make the ITU look good by comparison

Governance, Internet
December 1st marks the beginning of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai. Fussing about the threat to the Internet posed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is reaching that state of critical mass where media outlets write about it mainly because other media outlets are writing about it. The tacit assumption behind much of this fussing is that the status quo, exemplified by ICANN and other “multi-stakeholder institutions,” is doing a wonderful job and we should strive to preserve them. 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