Tag: UN

Hamadoun Touré back in Mali after 8 years as Secretary General of ITU

Business, Governance, Internet
Mali has welcomed back with pomp and pride its ICT hero, Dr Hamadoun Touré, who has returned home after eight years at the helm of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), where many observers say he helped change the face of ICTs in the Third World.  Reports By Issa Sikiti da Silva BizTech Africa Touré has been replaced by China's Houlin Zhao, the man who has been acting as his deputy since he was elected S-G of ITU in 2007. The former ITU boss touched his motherland’s soil on 26 December 2014, feted by his government who dispatched a high-level delegation led by Mahamadou Camara, minister of digital economy, information and communication, to welcome him at the Bamako International airport. Touré said he was proud to have represented his country and the African continent with

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 meeting that

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

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

Why Internet governance matters for press freedom

As the annual United Nations-run Internet Governance Forum (IGF) convenes in Baku, Azerbaijan this week, it is a bitter irony that a multi-stakeholder conference to discuss the Internet’s future is being held in a country where the government has no qualms about locking up its online critics. And the IGF itself has, according to the Expression Online Initiative, even prevented the consortium of Azeri freedom of expression groups from distributing copies of two reports: Searching for Freedom: Online Expression in Azerbaijan and The Right to Remain Silent: Freedom of Expression in Azerbaijan ahead of the 7th Internet Governance Forum. more