Tagged: itu Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • joly 12:32 pm on 10/11/2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , itu   

    Join the @InternetSociety @a11ysig hangout 1pm ET Today Weds Oct 11 we review #a11y at #wtdc #wtdc17 

    a11ysigThe  Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group (in formation) will this week be at 1pm ET on Wednesday Oct 11 2017. Please join and share your #a11y interests.  This week we will review the pre-event – Together for an #accessible world – at the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) 2017 in Buenos Aires. (see video below).

    What: Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group (A11ySIG) Hangout
    When: Wednesday Oct 11 2017 – 1pm-2pm EDT | 17:00-18:00 UTC
    Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/665487975
    iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +14086380968,623946888# or +16465588656,623946888#
    Telephone: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) – Meeting ID: 665-487-975
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=GbFzjTFwFH1PFm1Ly8Nem33t7jnICnUn

  • joly 4:11 am on 08/12/2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: honduras, , itu,   

    WEBCAST TODAY: @ITU IV Regional Forum on Inter-connectivity & Internet access cost – Honduras 

    IXP-HNThursday & Friday 11/12 August 2016, the IV Regional Forum on Inter-connectivity & Reduction of telecommunication service prices and Internet access cost is being held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. the sessions will discuss, among other things, international interconnection, study cases of national IXP´s implementation in the Region, its benefits, future projects, the role of the regulator, the necessity of international and/or regional interconnection, etc. A webcast is available via the TNHonduras Ustream Channel Honduras is UTC -7 = 2 hours behind NYC. The proceedings will be conducted in Spanish, no English translation.

    What: IV Regional Forum on Inter-connectivity & Reduction of telecommunication service prices and Internet access cost
    Where: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
    When: Thursday & Friday 11/12 August 2016
    Agenda: http://bit.ly/2baxr0E
    Webcast: http://www.ustream.tv/embed/21692033?html5ui

  • joly 5:13 am on 05/02/2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , itu, ,   

    #WSISForum2016 underway in Geneva – remote participation details #wsis #netgov 

    WSISThis week May 2–6 2016 ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP host the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. The WSIS Forum serves the UN as a mechanism for coordination of multi-stakeholder implementation activities, information exchange, creation of knowledge, sharing of best practices and continues to provide assistance in developing multi-stakeholder and public/private partnerships to advance development goals, building on the UN General Assembly Overall Review of the implementation of the WSIS outcomes which recognized the necessity of holding this Forum on an annual basis, and called for a close alignment between WSIS and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) processes. Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda (USA) will serve as Chairman Designate of the WSIS Forum 2016 High-Level Track. The Policy Sessions will be moderated by High-Level Track Facilitators (HLTF) nominated and identified by Civil Society, Private Sector, Technical Community and Academia stakeholders. Remote participation is available through both Adobe Connect and live webcast. Geneva time is CEST, 6 hours ahead of NYC.

    What: WSIS Forum 2016
    Where: ITU Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland
    When: May 2–6 2016
    Program: https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2016/Agenda/
    Webcast: https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2016/Media/RP/Webcast/Live/
    Adobe Connect: https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2016/Media/RP/AdobeConnect
    Twitter: #wsis https://twitter.com/hashtag/WSIS | #wsis2016 https://twitter.com/hashtag/wsis2016
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/hashtag/WSIS | #wsis2016 https://facebook.com/hashtag/wsis2016

  • joly 5:59 am on 11/18/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: itu,   

    VIDEO: Reaching the last mile: innovative solutions to remaining connectivity issues #ituworld 

    ITU TWOn October 14, 2015 at ITU Telecom World 2015 in Budapest, a plenary panel Reaching the last mile: innovative solutions to remaining connectivity issues examined the challenges of providing last – or first – mile connectivity in remote, rural or economically unviable areas, where geography, demography or market size render traditional access models unfeasible. Innovative technological solutions include the use of white spaces, balloons or drones, or grassroots initiatives such as assembling mesh Wifi networks or connecting groups of houses through local open source projects. What lessons can be learnt from successful innovators in last mile connectivity, and what are the latest trends, cross-sector partnerships, and new developments? What is the role of local entrepreneurs in building access from a central point in a village or rural community, in both developed and emerging markets? How can governments work to ensure access to local content and data to stimulate broadband demand? Do smart villages supporting local community needs provide an answer? Panelists: Ms Anat Bar-Gera, Chairperson, YooMee Africa AG, Switzerland; Mr Chakrya Moa, Chairman, Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC), Cambodia; Mr H Sama Nwana, Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), United Kingdom; Mr Christian Olsson, Market Intelligence Officer, O3B networks, Netherlands; Mr Christopher Weasler, Director of Global Connectivity, Facebook, USA. Moderator: Alex Wong, Head of Global Challenge Partnerships, World Economic Forum. Video is below:

    View on YouTube: https://youtu.be/CSzZPSBvSjA
    Skip intro: https://youtu.be/CSzZPSBvSjA?t=1319
    Summary: http://telecomworld.itu.int/daily-highlights-3/reaching-the-last-mile-innovative-solutions-to-remaining-connectivity-issues/
    Twitter: #ituworld + lastmile
    More Telecom World videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpoIPNlF8P2MmGg37p2GtvwFHusdZf6bw

  • joly 6:13 am on 12/18/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , itu, ,   

    WEBCAST TODAY: The Busan Consensus: A Turning Point? #ITU #plenipot14 @EuroInstituteDC 

    ei_plenipot14Today, Thursday December 18 2014 at 9am EST, the European Institute will host The Busan Consensus: A Turning Point in Washington DC. A panel will consider the outcomes of the recent ITU Plenipotentiary Conference. Speakers: Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary and U.S. Coordinator for International Communication and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State; Sally Shipman Wentworth, Vice President of Global Policy Development, Internet Society; Marie Royce, Senior Director International Affairs, Alcatel-Lucent; Leslie Martinkovics, Director of International Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Verizon; Andrea Glorioso, Counselor, Digital Agenda & ICT, Delegation of the European Union; Moderator: Dr. Michael Nelson, Adjunct Professor, Internet Studies,Communication, Culture, & Technology Program, Georgetown University. The event will be webcast live via the Internet Society Livestream Channel.

    What: The Busan Consensus: A Turning Point
    Where: Cosmos Club, Washington DC
    When: Thursday December 18 2014 at 9:00-10:30am EST | 14:00-16:30 UTC
    Webcast: https://new.livestream.com/internetsociety/EI-PP-14/
    Twitter: #plenipot14 + @EuroInstituteDC

  • joly 1:53 pm on 12/02/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , itu,   

    VIDEO: @sgdickinson Outcomes of the ITU’s Plenipotentiary Conference @DiplomacyEdu #PP14 #Plenipot #IG 

    On Friday 28 November the DiploFoundation‘s monthly Internet Governance webinar featuring Samantha Dickinson speaking on Outcomes of the ITU’s Plenipotentiary Conference. Ms Dickinson examined specifically:

    • What are the main updates to the top four Internet-related resolutions?
    • This was the first major ITU conference since the Snowden revelations – what impact did the revelations have on the negotiations and final versions of the new resolutions?
    • Were there any significant changes to the positions of Member States with regard to multistakeholder or intergovernmental models for IG?
    • What were the tensions and nuances during the negotiations?

    Video is below.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/EWv1wODTovY
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/Eyq3YP4qoLT7/
    Twitter: @DiplomacyEdu + Plenipot

  • joly 3:35 pm on 11/19/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , itu, ,   

    WEBCAST TODAY: The United Nations and the Internet—What’s Next – A Recap of the #ITU Plenipotentiary @isocdc #plenipot 

    isoc dc plenipot debrief Today, Wednesday 19 November 2014 the Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) presents The United Nations and the Internet—What’s Next – A Recap of the #ITU Plenipotentiary . Every four years, the members of the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) hold a Plenipotentiary conference to set goals, determine the ITU’s budget, and elect officers. This three-week meeting, held in Busan, Korea, ended in early November and attracted more attention than usual because of several proposals to give governments more control over the operations of Internet (e.g. routing, IP address allocation, and Internet domain names). Many fear these could enable censorship, violate privacy and limit innovation. Other, less controversial initiatives discussed in Busan would support the growth of broadband in developing countries, make the ITU more inclusive and transparent, and provide better information on how to make networks more secure and robust. This audience participation event will voice many different perspectives on the ITU and its role in shaping the future of the Internet. Discussion Leaders:
    Fiona Alexander, Associate Administrator for International Affairs, NTIA; Leslie Martinkovics, Director of International Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Verizon; Carolina Rossini, Vice President, International Policy and Strategy, Public Knowledge; Moderator; Sally Wentworth, Vice President of Global Public Policy Development, The Internet Society. The event will be webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream channel.

    What: The United Nations and the Internet—What’s Next – A Recap of the #ITU Plenipotentiary
    Where: Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center, Washington DC
    When: Wednesday 19 November 2014 4pm-5:30pm EST | 21:00-22:30 UTC
    Webcast: https://new.livestream.com/internetsociety/PP14Debrief
    Twitter: @isocdc + #plenipot

  • joly 4:46 pm on 11/06/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , itu, spam   

    NEWS: @ITU and @InternetSociety Collaborate to Combat #Spam 

    Busan, 06 November 2014 – ITU and the Internet Society today signed a letter of agreement to collaborate on combating the global problem of spam. Spam now accounts for a significant amount of all global e-mail traffic and presents particular difficulties in areas where bandwidth is insufficient to handle the congestion that spam creates.

    “Combating the growing menace of spam and the protection of data is a global concern for legitimate Internet and smartphone users,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré. “We need to find global solutions to curtail the flow of intrusive junk mail which not only clogs up the Internet but also carries huge cost implications.”

    Under the new agreement, the Internet Society and the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) will identify the best ways to build long-term capacity for addressing spam in developing countries. This collaborative partnership will explore and identify potential joint cooperative activities to address the growing need for information on how to address the issue of spam.

    “We look forward to working with ITU-D as partners in capacity building programmes that will bridge the gaps in understanding so that all countries can have access to the tools and knowledge they need to combat spam,” stated Kathy Brown, President and CEO of the Internet Society. “The costs associated with spam related to wasted bandwidth, storage and network infrastructure, as well as the increased security risks are amplified in developing regions. By collaborating with ITU-D, we hope to make a real and positive impact on the world’s most vulnerable economies.”

    The agreement will extend the work that the Internet Society initiated last year to hold workshops that address the various roles in developing and maintaining an effective anti-spam process, as well as leverage the strengths and efforts of ITU-D in the area of building capacity. Without such proactive global work, the problem of spam, particularly given the growing use of mobile devices and social media, will intensify rather than abate.

    The organizations have agreed to preliminarily focus their efforts on three areas:

    · Facilitating greater regional access to technical experts from the global Internet community who can share anti-spam knowledge and experiences on an ongoing basis

    · Providing educational training and information on effective anti-spam policies, technical solutions and operational requirements

    · Documenting anti-spam best practices

    “Spam is a worldwide obstacle that requires innovative solutions to minimize the burden for countries, network operators, and end users,” notes Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “While the telecommunication industry and Internet communities have made great strides in creating best practices and developing technical tools to combat spam, there is a need to build awareness in developing countries of the ongoing technical, industry and policy developments in this regard, and to centralize the knowledge and expertise available. This partnership aims to fill that need.”

  • joly 2:38 pm on 11/03/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gsma, , itu   

    NEWS: @ITU, @GSMA and @InternetSociety Unite in Fight against #Ebola 

    ebola-33 November 2014 – At the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the GSMA and the Internet Society (ISOC), announced that they are joining forces to fight against Ebola. The three organizations will bring together the global telecommunications and Internet communities, to leverage their extensive reach, capacity and respective memberships to increase the effectiveness of information and communications technologies (ICTs), especially mobile communications and the Internet, for better preparedness, early warning and response.

    Secretary-General of the ITU, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré convened a special session with ITU membership during the Plenipotentiary Conference currently underway in Busan, Republic of Korea, to identify recommendations for a more effective use of ICTs in the fight against Ebola.

    Dr Touré stated that: “The ICT Sector is critical in dealing with the Ebola threat. ICTs are already being used by ITU and its partners to support awareness raising and emergency communications, and our immediate challenge is to ensure regulatory barriers are removed to facilitate deployment and use of telecommunications applications for the purpose of saving lives. We will focus on innovative measures to increase the effective use of communications systems and applications. Human life has to be preserved and protected.”

    Dr Touré addressed Ministers, Regulators, Ambassadors, and other delegates and appealed to them to ensure that all measures are taken to facilitate the effective deployment of ICTs for addressing the Ebola crisis while balancing this with the need to protect consumer privacy.

    ITU has already deployed satellite terminals to support ongoing efforts and is currently developing new applications in close cooperation and coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO). The apps are being designed to improve awareness raising efforts, facilitate early warning alerts, report new cases of infection, and support coordination of humanitarian action at community, country and regional levels.

    The GSMA has led in coordinating and standardizing the response of mobile operators in affected countries, and has collaborated with the WHO to develop the “Ebola Mobile Response Blueprint”, which provides critical guidance for operators and regulators on running effective and best practice public health campaigns leveraging mobile technology. Director General of the GSMA, Anne Bouverot said: “The response effort to address the Ebola crisis is broad-ranging and complex, involving many different organizations globally. The mobile industry is committed to continuing to work closely with governments, international bodies and NGOs to utilize technology that will help address this outbreak, as well as deliver information to individuals in affected countries on symptoms, care and resources for this disease.”

    ISOC has set up the Ebola TECH Response Group aimed at harnessing the expertise of its extensive tech community around the world to aid the emergency response. Kathy Brown, CEO of ISOC said: “The spread of Ebola and the ravages that it is leaving behind in the affected countries in Africa are imprinting their mark on all of us and have a very personal impact on people in those communities and around the world. Like others, the ISOC community of staff, volunteers and members want to help. We have therefore come together to establish the Ebola TECH Response Group.”

    Combining the resources of all three organizations will facilitate knowledge sharing and the exchange of ideas, tools and increase their accessibility to the humanitarian community, mobile operators and the general public.

  • joly 8:49 am on 10/07/2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: itu, ,   

    Today 9am EDT: @InternetSociety Community Forum: #ITU #Plenipot & beyond 

    isoc connectToday Tuesday October 7 2014 at 9am EDT the Internet Society will hold a Community Forum: ITU Plenipot & beyond – an open dialogue about an over the horizon view of the current Internet Governance landscape. Hosts will be , ISOC CEO Kathy Brown and Vice President for Public Policy Sally Wentworth. This will be an opportunity to ask questions and share your local perspective as we get ready for the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference which will be held on 20 October – 07 November in Busan, South Korea. The Forum is open to all Internet Society members, who can interact via webcast, livestream chat, webex, and twitter – all via the ISOC Connect platform.

    What: Community Forum: ITU Plenipot & beyond
    Where: Online
    When: Tuesday October 7 2014 at 9am-10:30am EDT | 1200-1430 UTC
    Join: http://connect.internetsociety.org/events/plenipotbeyond
    Twitter: #ISOCBUSAN

  • joly 6:10 am on 11/27/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , infographic, itu, itu-d,   

    VIDEO INFOGRAPHIC: @ITU Measuring the Information Society Report 2013 #ITUdata 

    MIS 2013On 7 October 2013 the ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (ITU-D) released the 5th edition of its Measuring the Information Society (MIS) report, which details various metrics of communications adoption worldwide, including the ICT Development Index (IDI). The IDI captures the level of ICT developments in 157 economies worldwide and compares progress made during the last year. The MIS 2013 also presents the first comprehensive mobile-broadband price data set for almost 130 economies. It features a new model and data to measure the world’s digital native population – those young people who were born into the digital age  – and a quantitative overview of digital TV broadcasting trends.. An Executive summary is available in ArabicChineseEnglishFrenchRussian, and Spanish. An animated video infographic is below:

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/DWCEWv5OxqY
    Twitter: #ITUdata

  • joly 8:35 am on 06/19/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , itu, ,   

    WEBCAST THURS: CITI The Future Of Internet Governance After Dubai #citiafterdubai #governance #igf #itu #wcit 

    CITIOn Thursday June 20 2013 the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) will host The Future Of Internet Governance After Dubai: Are We Heading To A Federated Internet? at Columbus Business School NYC. Keynote speakers include Larry Strickling and Dr. Hamadoun Tourè. The event will be webcast live via the Internet Society Chapters Livestream Channel. No registration needed for the webcast. No live captions.

    What: The Future Of Internet Governance After Dubai: Are We Heading To A Federated Internet?
    Where: Uris Hall, Columbia Business School NYC
    When: Thursday June 20 2013 9am-5pm EDT | 1300-2100UTC
    Program: http://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/citi/thefutureoftheinternet
    Register: http://citifederatedinternet.eventbrite.com (free)
    Webcast: http://livestream.com/internetsocietychapters
    Hashtag: #citiafterdubai | #governance

  • joly 5:07 am on 05/30/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , itu, , ,   

    VIDEO: The Geopolitics of Internet Governance @ISOCDC @CSIS #IGF #ITU #geowebgov #WCIT 

    On Thursday May 23 2013 the Internet Society’s Greater Washington Chapter (ISOC DC) along withe the Center for Strategic and International Studies presented The Geopolitics of Internet Governance. The international landscape calls for a more compelling narrative for internet governance than the US–centric one inherited from the ‘90s. Will it be possible to accommodate non-western state’s (this is much more than China and Russia) desire for a larger role for governments without throwing the multi-stakeholder model and (more importantly) human rights overboard? A distinguished panel pondered this question and more. The event was webcast live by the Internet Society’s North America Bureau.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/fFwddd7g314
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/zYQmucrytfua/
    View on Livestream: http://new.livestream.com/internetsociety/geopolitics
    Twitter: #geowebgov | @isocdc | @csis

    Phil Verveer, Former US Coordinator, International Communications and Information Policy, US Department of State
    Veni Markovski, ICANN, Vice President for Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe
    Jane Coffin, Director, Strategic Development, Internet Society
    Bill Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, Technology Evangelist, PayPal
    Laura DeNardis, Associate Professor in the School of Communication, American University
    James Lewis, Director and Senior Fellow, Technology and Public Policy Program, CSIS
    David Vyorst, Co-Founder, Relay Station Social Media

  • joly 5:14 am on 03/12/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , itu, walda roseman   

    VIDEO: @ITU, @InternetSociety, and @AFRINIC announce upcoming African events at #Africa_MIG_Works 

    On March 7 2013, speaking at the African Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Andrew Rugege of the ITU; Walda Roseman of the Internet Society, and Adiel Akplogan of AFRINIC, took it in turns to announce upcoming conferences in Africa. Video is below

    Add to your calendar:

    • June 17-21 2013 – Lusaka, Zambia – African Internet Summit (AFRINIC)
    • June 26-28 2013 – Kampala, Uganda – Africa Children Online Protection Summit (ACOP) (ITU)
    • July 13 -14 2013 – Durban, South Africa – DNS Forum (ISOC) (alongside ICANN 47)
    • October 28 – Nov 1 2013 – Kigali, Rwanda – Transform Africa Conference & Summit (ITU)

    Both the ITU events present shifting targets as the ITU’s current pr announces Transform Africa as March 2013, and the ACOP eventbrite is dated June 4-7.

  • joly 5:46 pm on 06/07/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: itu,   

    ITU: “last week’s debates about the UN taking over Internet Governance were both ridiculous and most unfortunate. These two worlds need to work together to make the world a better place.” http://www.itu.int/en/osg/speeches/Pages/2012-06-06-2.aspx #WCIT

  • joly 1:26 pm on 06/01/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: itu, , WTPF   

    INFO: 5th ITU World Telecommunication Policy Forum in May 2013 #ITU #WTPF @InternetSociety 

    Internet SocietyThe Internet Society (ISOC) is preparing its engagement in the fifth ITU World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) that will be held in Geneva from 13 to 16 May 2013. This WTPF Info Doc for Members gives an overview of this conference, its preparatory process and schedule. Engagement with the ISOC community will be an important part of our preparation.

    In a letter to the ITU’s Secretary General, ISOC expressed its desire to join the WTPF’s Informal Expert Group (IEG) – appointed to prepare the Forum – and were recently informed that this request has been approved. With regards to the theme of the Forum, several delegations have contributed suggestions for themes or opinions that the WTPF should consider. The Internet Society proposed that “Strategies for increasing affordable global connectivity: the critical role of IXPs” be chosen as the main theme and core topic for the Secretary General’s initial report and as the focus for discussions at the fifth WTPF in 2013.

    Indeed, the Tunis Agenda (paragraph 50.b) clearly emphasizes the importance of this issue: “We acknowledge that there are concerns, particularly amongst developing countries, that the charges for international Internet connectivity should be better balanced to enhance access. We therefore call for the development of strategies for increasing affordable global connectivity, thereby facilitating improved and equitable access for all, by: (…) Setting up regional highspeed Internet backbone networks and the creation of national, sub-regional and regional Internet Exchange Points (IXPs).”

    Experience in participating in the 2009 WTPF shows that input from sector members is, to some degree, less taken into consideration by the Secretariat than Member States’ contributions. However, our past submissions were highly valued by many Member States’ delegations.

    The first meeting of the WTPF Informal Expert Group will be held on 5 June, in Geneva, where we expect the theme of the Forum to be decided. Look for an update around that time. Following this meeting, it will be possible to provide comments and suggestions on the organization of the Forum and the topics open for discussion.

  • joly 10:25 am on 05/31/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: itu, , , ,   

    Video: House hearing – International Proposals to Regulate the Internet #wcit #netfreedom 

    Earlier today Thursday, May 31, at 10:15 am ET, Internet Society’s Sally Wentworth was a witness before the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce at a hearing on “International Proposals to Regulate the Internet.” Below is video of Sally’s testimony, along with that of Vint Cerf, and David A. Gross, Former U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy.


    Sally Wentworth: http://internetsociety.org/international-proposals-regulate-internet
    Vint Cerf: http://bit.ly/vint_itr

    More info: http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearings/hearingdetail.aspx?NewsID=9543

  • joly 3:52 am on 05/25/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , itu, ,   

    Vint Cerf speaks out on Internet Censorship at #F2C and in @NYTimes #wcit #itrs #netfreedom 

    In a New York Times Op-Ed today, Keep the Internet Open Vint Cerf expands on one of the themes of his keynote earlier in the week at the F2C:Freedom to Connect Conference (see video below). He notes the increasing tendency of governments to censor the Internet, and that Russia and several other countries intend to use the upcoming ITU WCIT meeting in Dubai in December to push for new regulations that will severely impact the Internet’s independence, and the freedoms of its users. Vint notes that this new regulatory regime is being constructed clandestinely and will be voted by countries, not netizens. He concludes:

    The decisions taken in Dubai in December have the potential to put government handcuffs on the Net. To prevent that — and keep the Internet open and free for the next generations — we need to prevent a fundamental shift in how the Internet is governed.

    I encourage you to take action now: Insist that the debate about Internet governance be transparent and open to all stakeholders.

    (Shortcut to video: http://bit.ly/f2cvint )

  • joly 1:23 pm on 02/22/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , itu, , , WITC-12   

    @FCC Commissioner McDowell to @UN – Hands off the Internet! #netfreedom 

    Robert M. McDowellOn Feb 21 2012 the Wall Street Journal published an Op-Ed from FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell – “The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom“. Commissioner McDowell says that at an World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) next week “Russia, China and their allies” will be pushing hard to renegotiate the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) set at the World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference held in Melboune in 1988 (WATTC-88). Key provisions in those ITRs facilitated the private expansion of IP-based networks opening the gates to the building of the Internet.

    Commissioner McDowell lists several proposals that would emasculate the open successful multistakeholder process that has engineered the growth of the Internet and suggests that they will lead to an eventual balkanization of the network.

    He concludes with a call to action to defeat the proposals.

    A top-down, centralized, international regulatory overlay is antithetical to the architecture of the Net, which is a global network of networks without borders. No government, let alone an intergovernmental body, can make engineering and economic decisions in lightning-fast Internet time. Productivity, rising living standards and the spread of freedom everywhere, but especially in the developing world, would grind to a halt as engineering and business decisions become politically paralyzed within a global regulatory body.

    Any attempts to expand intergovernmental powers over the Internet—no matter how incremental or seemingly innocuous—should be turned back. Modernization and reform can be constructive, but not if the end result is a new global bureaucracy that departs from the multi-stakeholder model. Enlightened nations should draw a line in the sand against new regulations while welcoming reform that could include a nonregulatory role for the ITU.

    Pro-regulation forces are, thus far, much more energized and organized than those who favor the multi-stakeholder approach. Regulation proponents only need to secure a simple majority of the 193 member states to codify their radical and counterproductive agenda. Unlike the U.N. Security Council, no country can wield a veto in ITU proceedings. With this in mind, some estimate that approximately 90 countries could be supporting intergovernmental Net regulation—a mere seven short of a majority.

    While precious time ticks away, the U.S. has not named a leader for the treaty negotiation. We must awake from our slumber and engage before it is too late. Not only do these developments have the potential to affect the daily lives of all Americans, they also threaten freedom and prosperity across the globe.

    • joly 2:43 pm on 02/22/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Internet Society Senior Manager for Public Policy Sally A. Wentworth has directly filed comments to the WCIT-12, including detailed recommendations (pdf).

      She adds:

      Further, any expanded regulation at the infrastructure level is likely to have an impact on growth and innovation and should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. In the rare case where a regulatory framework is needed, Member States should commit to ensuring that these are justified, and consist of high-level principles. Regulation should not interfere in commercial decisions, be based on specific technologies or business-models, or seek to substitute government (public-funded) action for the private sector.

      The ITRs should enshrine a commitment to the use of open and voluntary international standards. Interoperability, mutual agreement, and collaboration are invariable requirements for the Internet’s survival. Many standards development organizations contribute to the smooth functioning of the Internet, and new standards development organizations have emerged over time, so it is potentially damaging to impose a preference for some standards development organizations (SDOs) over others.

      The ITRs should reflect what has been learned about what works best for telecommunication regulation in the 24 years since the WATTC. In particular, its text should seek Member States’ commitment that their regulatory regimes be non-discriminatory, technology neutral, and encourage competition.

      Finally, to continue to benefit from what we know about the Internet, the ITRs should strive to be permissive, not restrictive. The text could be improved by committing to develop “soft” regulatory practices such as “codes of practice” and “guidelines” wherever possible, and always in an open and transparent manner, consistent with current practices and with the outcomes of the WSIS.

      Ms. Wentworth refers readers to the Internet Society document: Internet Invariants: What Really Matters

  • joly 8:14 am on 01/22/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adoption, , itu,   

    Video: Who can afford #broadband worldwide? @ITU_News 

    In October 2011, the ITU’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development set the target that basic broadband service should cost less than 5% of average monthly income in all countries worldwide by 2015. How many countries already make the grade? And what are prices like in the poorest parts of the world, where broadband could be the critical catalyst for meeting the Millennium Development Goals in areas like education and health? The results are mapped in this stylish video..

  • joly 8:28 pm on 10/28/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , itu,   

    ITU ruefully agrees to share Internet Governance #icann #isoc #ietf #itu #igf #w3c 

    Monica Ehmert of IP-Watch has written a report on the recently concluded ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico. She notes the tussle over recognizing the roles of independent organizations (such as the Internet Society) in the management of the Internet.

    The opposite position underlining ITU’s need to cooperate with existing self-governing internet organisations was provided by the Swedish delegate speaking for the 48 members of the “European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations” (CEPT). Changes both within the Union and in the cooperation with other organisations are necessary, the delegate said. “We need to be more efficient internally and we need to avoid overlap with the work done by other organisations. This is particularly important in the internet area.” The 2010 plenipotentiary decisions will “guide the ITU in the right direction,” the Swedish delegate said.

    Despite ITU making moves towards transparency apparently the key resolutions won’t be published until Feb 2011

    The whole package of internet-related resolutions (Resolutions 101, 102, 133 and a new resolution on the new internet protocol, or IPv6) was passed at a late hour on Thursday night, close to the end of the three-week meeting and it needed re-elected ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Touré’s urgent appeal for a compromise. For days, delegations mainly from the Arab world and from Russia had fought against a reference to the self-regulatory organisations like the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Society and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in the internet resolutions.

    Proposals to transform ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee (GAC) into an “international committee, or create an (ITU) Council working group (…) with powers of supervision over ICANN,” or a “progressive cooperation agreement between ITU and ICANN and define a mechanism to increase the participation of governments” were all struck from the text. Also struck earlier in the Guadalajara meeting was a Russian proposal to integrate the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) whose future is on the agenda of the UN General Assembly this week. The IGF was an outcropping of the 2003-2005 ITU-led World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

    How, asked Syrian delegate Nabil Kisrawi, can an intergovernmental UN organisation like the ITU be considered to be on equal footing with a California-based private company like ICANN? An explanation of the concerns of the Arab countries came from the Saudi delegation. Some people just did not want the names of ICANN and the other self-regulatory bodies in the resolutions because, “we think that in fact there’s a risk of undermining the role of the ITU in the internet.” All countries are in favour of having ICANN work under international and not under California law, the Saudi delegation said.

    Touré’s last-minute compromise for the internet resolutions asked at least for “reciprocity” in the cooperative efforts of the ITU, ICANN and the other internet management organisations, and this formula is now part of all four internet-related resolutions of the ITU work plan for 2012-2015.

    Monica observes:

    A delegate from Russia said in the closing ceremony that the conference had stated “that the ITU is open for cooperation and is ready to take the first steps to bring closer together other organisations that are dealing with internet-related matters.” But, he said, the ITU is also “ready to take on itself a leading role in internet governance within the scope of its competence and we ask the secretary-general to inform the General Assembly of the UN and all those concerned in telecommunications on our progress in this field.”

    and she concludes:

    Non-governmental organisations have criticised the ITU for many years and the internet self-regulatory bodies looked at the ITU as interested in “taking over.” With the formal acknowledgement of private domain regulator ICANN, the IP-address allocating RIRs, the Internet Engineering Task Force and the World Wide Web Consortium – standardisation organisations for the internet protocol and the Web respectively – in its plenipotentiary documents, the ITU might be seen as giving up its claim as sole representative for future networks. But how much will the ITU give up?

  • joly 2:46 pm on 03/24/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , itu   

    ITU Council Working Group on #IPv6 – Report on First Meeting in Geneva 

    REPORT: ITU IPv6 Group meeting
    Provided by: Bill Graham, ISOC

    Geneva, February 15-16, 2010

    The ITU convened the first meeting of the Council-chartered IPv6 Group in Geneva, co-chaired by the Directors of the Telecommunication Standardization and Telecommunication Development Bureaus. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Mohammed El-Khamis of the United Arab Emirates, and was attended by about 20 Member States and an equivalent number of Sector Members and invited experts. The latter group included the RIRs and the authors of two studies commissioned by the ITU: Dr. Milton Mueller and Dr. Sureswaran Ramadass. For ISOC, Bill Graham and Constance Bommelaer, Leslie Daigle and Mat Ford attended. In addition, all five Regional Internet Registry CEOs and four RIR staff attended the meeting. Three ICANN staff were available to attend, but ICANN had not been invited as experts, and after some discussion, attendees decided not to let them join this meeting. This decision will be revised for future meetings. No civil society organizations were present.

    (More …)

  • joly 12:09 pm on 12/23/2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , itu, ,   

    Lynn St Amour @ ITU – ICT Qatar interview 

Compose new post
Next post/Next comment
Previous post/Previous comment
Show/Hide comments
Go to top
Go to login
Show/Hide help
shift + esc