Items tagged "ITU"

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Public Interest Groups Give Recommendations to ITU: Focus on Digital Divide, Avoid Internet Policy

October 21, 2014 International , Internet Governance , ITU , Plenipot

Today, Public Knowledge and other public interest organizations from around the world sent a list of eight recommendations to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and its Members meeting at the 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Korea.

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Public Knowledge Joins Open Letter to ITU to Increase Transparency

October 9, 2014 ITU , Plenipot

Today, Public Knowledge joins an open letter to the International Telecommunication Union’s Secretary General asking for more transparency in the organization’s processes. The letter, signed by more than 32 organizations around the world, encourages the ITU to make available its documents and procedures.

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ITU’s Plenipot: What Happened

November 28, 2018 Cybersecurity , Internet Governance , ITU , Plenipot , Privacy

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a United Nations (UN) agency originally created in 1865 to manage cross-national telegraphic communications, and is increasingly seen by its member states as the technology policy branch of the UN system. While to date it is formally responsible only for telecommunications issues, in recent years the ITU has hosted a global summit on Artificial Intelligence (AI), organized a workshop on e-payments and 5G, held a forum on the Internet of Things and Smart Cities, studied the economic impact of the so-called Over-The-Top (OTT) internet services such as WhatsApp or YouTube, developed a global cybersecurity index, and analyzed privacy in cloud computing. That, on top of ITU’s fundamental mandate and ongoing work to help connect the hundreds of millions who are still unconnected.

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The ITU Is Trying (Again) to Govern the Internet

October 1, 2017 Free Expression , Internet Governance , ITU , Net Neutrality , OTTs

Over the past several years, the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency specializing in information and communication technologies, has been discussing new ways to regulate internet services and applications. These apps include favorites like Skype, Signal, Line, Telegram, and Vimeo — essentially most popular “over-the-top” (OTT) and streaming applications. These discussions will have serious consequences for both how you use the internet and your internet freedom. How we govern streaming services closely affects how we govern the internet itself. Expect this transformative internet governance conversation to escalate in the ITU and other arenas as we approach the ITU’s 2018 Plenipotentiary Conference, or “Plenipot”.

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State of Digital Rights: Impressions From RightsCon 2017

April 12, 2017 International , ITU , OECD , RightsCon , WIPO

Melanie Penagos, International Policy Associate at Public Knowledge, used Storify to show us her experience at RightsCon 2017.

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ITU-WRC Process Should Be Participatory and Inclusive of All Stakeholders

November 6, 2015 Civil Society , ITU , Transparency , WRC , WSIS

The 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), which Public Knowledge has been closely monitoring, officially commenced this week in Geneva, Switzerland. Throughout the month of November, the decisions to govern our communications via airwaves – such as mobile broadband and public disaster radio communications – will be written into an international treaty called the Radio Regulations (RRs).

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World Radio Conference Must Tackle Spectrum Availability

August 3, 2015 ITU , Spectrum Reform

The World Radio Conference (WRC) is approaching and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is at the center of our attention. Once again, the future of how countries share a very essential resource – spectrum – is a core agenda topic for negotiations.

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Will Walden Wipe Out DMCA Just To Hack At Net Neutrality? Make My Day!

April 10, 2013 DMCA , FCC , ITU , Network Neutrality

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will begin mark up of the so-called “Internet Freedom Bill.” As explained in the Majority Briefing Memo, we’re still on about that whole “the ITU will take control of the Internet and black helicopters will come for out name servers” thing.”  Unfortunately, as keeps happening with this, it looks like some folks want to hijac

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Cell Phone Unlocking Debate Highlights Trade Negotiation Process Problems

March 18, 2013 DRM , ITU , TPP

The issue of cell phone unlocking has been hot for the past month.  The White House response to the over 100,000 person petition to allow for the unlocking of cell phones has led to a flurry of legislative proposals in Congress and broad interest in a quick solution to the issue.

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On the Results at the WCIT

December 14, 2012 International , ITU

So a considerable number of countries, including the United States, have refused to sign the new International Telecommunication Regulations (“ITRs”), which together form a new version of the international treaty on telecommunications. More have indicated they will need further instructions from their national capitals before deciding whether or not to sign.

In the end, the new ITRs and the documents circulated with them contain a number of provisions that seem to have raised enough concerns for the United States, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Costa Rica, and Denmark, at least, to refuse to sign them.

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