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[liberationtech] UN Body Wants Control over Internet Governance

André Rebentisch tabesin at gmail.com
Tue Nov 13 07:34:46 PST 2012


Am 12.11.2012 23:35, schrieb Nadim Kobeissi:
> Hi André,
> Have you read the ITU's proposal? Would appreciate your insight.
>
Hi Nadim, it is a pleasure.

Public draft, later proposals/submission are made available to ITU
subscribers:
http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Documents/draft-future-itrs-public.pdf

You find various proposals to the extent that ITU-T recommendations gain
momentum, ICANN competences are taken over etc. In diplomatic phrasing.
The proposed changes to ITRs Article 5a are a very good exercise for you
to learn decypher diplomatic code. 

It's not about what gets threatened by the tiger specifically but that a
tiger is set free: you may raise multiple issues depending on your
constituency / interests but it's fundamental: governance. A competence
extention of the ITU to the internet. Various members object proposed
changes tabled for Dubai Dec 2012 WCIT, but difficult to say to what
extent. http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/overview.aspx

If you want a populist formula (no lamp shades though): a takeover of
the internet by its very enemies. In more polite phrasing:
http://www.cio.com/article/719857/Experts_Internet_businesses_should_pay_attention_to_ITU_meeting.

Half a decade ago the ITU-T was hijacked to endorse an alternate "open
standards" definition (http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/ipr/Pages/open.aspx).
The ITU-T open standards definition alone renders it inappropriate to
let ITU-T recommendations apply to the internet.

Better keep a tiger in its cage.

Best,
André




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