On the subject of that ITU thing...
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Internet Society Delegation to Attend World Conference on International
Telecommunications in Dubai, 3-14 December 2012
More than 50 members of the Internet Society global community will
[Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland – 30 November 2012] – An
Internet Society delegation will attend the World Conference on
International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, 3-14 December 2012.
WCIT is a global treaty conference hosted by the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) where 193 ITU Member States come together
to discuss and modify the International Telecommunications Regulations
(ITRs). Approximately 50 members of the Internet Society global
community will attend the meetings.
As a Sector Member of the ITU Telecommunication Standards and
Telecommunication Development Sectors, the Internet Society submitted a
statement to the ITU as part of the WCIT public consultation. The
statement can be found here:
The Internet Society remains hopeful that the ITU Member State
delegations to the WCIT will agree to a treaty that enhances rather than
restricts international telecommunications. The Internet Society and its
Board of Trustees believe that any revisions to the ITRs should:
* Reinforce Member States’ commitment to open, transparent, and
inclusive policy-making processes;
* Enshrine a commitment to open, voluntary international standards;
* Enable continued innovation;
* Emphasize policy approaches such as competition, liberalization, and
* Be based on thorough technical and socio-economic analysis; and
* Retain the high-level nature of the ITRs.
The Internet Society delegation looks forward to having opportunities to
interact with Member State delegations during the course of the
Conference and to a successful outcome of the WCIT. For more information
on WCIT, visit http://internetsociety.org/wcit