WCIT: the battle for hearts, minds and the Internet

It was just after the fifth meeting of the ITU Council Working Group in Geneva in September 2011 that a powerful group of ambassadors, former ambassadors and under-secretaries in the United States decided they had to build public awareness over a series of obscure telecoms regulations – the ITRs – drawn up back in 1988.At that stage, the ITU working group had already been working for a year on preparations for a World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). And some within the ITU had been working for several years before that to get agreement on the need to revise the International Telecommunication Regulations at all.
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2012/11/22/wcit-battle-hearts-minds-and-iAlso see:World’s largest trade union rejects ITU overtures
The world’s largest trade union organization, the ITUC, has rejected efforts to explain concerns over the WCIT conference next month as “misunderstandings” and will continue to oppose its proposals, Secretary-General Sharan Burrow told us.Warning that the implications for e-commerce and jobs were “extraordinary” and slamming the conference proposals for “having been kept secret until a month ago”, Burrow has promised that the ITUC will lobby hard within the United Nations to prevent was she termed “mandate creep” on the part of the ITU.
http://news.dot-nxt.com/2012/11/22/worlds-largest-trade-union-rejYour guide to WCIT documentation – Don’t drown in WCIT docs, use our search pages to make sense of it all.
With over 200 documents and many thousands of pages it is extremely difficult to even find relevant documents for the WCIT conference yet alone understand and digest what has been said and what is being proposed.
http://news.dot-nxt.com/issue/2012/11/22Sharan Burrow, Vint Cerf, Paul Twomey on ITU Net regulation concerns
On Monday, ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow held a press conference in London, with Co-inventor of the Internet Vint Cerf, and form ICANN CEO Paul Twomey. They had come together (in person and online) to launch the ITUC’s global petition calling for a pause in the plans to regulate the internet at a UN gathering in Dubai next month.
Here are some of the highlights from the conference – why the three panelists are so concerned about what this means for civil liberties and for the sustainable development of the Internet.If you’re concerned too, please join us in signing the petition we’re running with the ITUC, and tell the UN agency the ITU to stop their Net grab.
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