What is the ITU? The Struggle for Internet Governance

By Justin Kaufman – Another storm is brewing over Internet governance. Several countries, including Russia, China, and India, have proposed empowering the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – a specialized agency of the United Nations – to oversee various aspects of Internet governance.

At the WCIT (World Congress on Information Technology), the ITU member states will consider revisions to the ITRs designed to bring various aspects of Internet communications (e.g., spam, cybersecurity, data privacy, online child protection, etc.) and standards (relating to domain names and numbers) within the ITU’s jurisdiction.

The community of nations should be one voice within a multistakeholder model of governance; not the voice. The ITU is not the proper agency to oversee the Internet. more> http://tinyurl.com/cy8mgsn

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