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Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Hosted by: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Two of Public Knowledge's own, Rashmi Rangnath and Harold Feld, will be joining the US delegation in Dubai this December as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) rewrites the International Telecommunications Regulations for the first time since 1988. This will be an important conference for the future of internet governance, and we will report on the outcomes as they are decided.
ITU will convene the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 3-14 December 2012. This landmark conference will review the current International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which serve as the binding global treaty designed to facilitate international interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services, as well as ensuring their efficiency and widespread public usefulness and availability.
The treaty sets out general principles for assuring the free flow of information around the world, promoting affordable and equitable access for all and laying the foundation for ongoing innovation and market growth. The ITRs were last negotiated in Melbourne, Australia in 1988, and there is broad consensus that the text now needs to be updated to reflect the dramatically different information and communication technology (ICT) landscape of the 21st century.
The conference will consider a review (see PP-06 Resolution 146) of the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), which define the general principles for the provision and operation of international telecommunications.