Internet Governance, or Just Governing the Internet? by Leslie Harris, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology
Posted in: Governance at 07/07/2012 23:59
Yes, yes, got it: There is no International Telecommunications Union (ITU) plot to take over the Internet.
Yet, that is the message from the ITU Secretary General in a carefully worded campaign to tamp down concerns that renegotiation of the ITU's underlying treaty may provide an opportunity for mischief -- at its most troubling, potentially wandering into areas of Internet policy.
To be sure, there are no "black helicopters" circling Geneva and some of the rhetoric has been over the top. So why am I not reassured by the Secretary General's insistence that there are no references to "Internet governance" in the preparatory documents for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT)? Well, that's true, as far as it goes. But the ITU is driven by its member states and, thanks to WCITleaks, which put these sub rosa proposals online, we have a better idea about what some countries are proposing. And those proposals aim to put the ITU right in the middle of the Internet.
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