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The ITU Treaty Negotiations: A Call for Openness and Participation


Patrick S. Ryan


Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Interdisciplinary Center for Law and Information Technology (ICRI); Google Inc.; University of Colorado at Boulder, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program

Jacob Glick


Google, Inc.- Canada

June 4, 2012

North American Network Operators’ Group 55th (NANOG 55) Meeting, June 2012

Abstract:     
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is renegotiating its treaty with the 193 countries of the world, and it hopes to expand from the telecommunications arena into the Internet. However, there’s one major problem with this shift in mandate: The ITU is a closed organization and has been for nearly 150 years. The ITU’s rules and processes may have worked for the old state-run telecom monopolies, but they cannot work in regulating the Internet, where standards have been developed in an open manner since its inception. Thus, in order to gain legitimacy with the Internet community, the ITU will need to (1) open its processes for review and comment by civil society, academics, the private sector, and the public; (2) make its TIES database freely and publicly accessible for review and comment; and (3) allow multistakeholder participation in developing standards and protocols, particularly where other groups (like the IETF) are actively developing standards.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: ITU, Internet Governance, IETF, TIES, WCIT

JEL Classification: K20, K23, L50, L90, L96

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Date posted: June 7, 2012  

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Ryan, Patrick S. and Glick, Jacob, The ITU Treaty Negotiations: A Call for Openness and Participation (June 4, 2012). North American Network Operators’ Group 55th (NANOG 55) Meeting, June 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2077095

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Patrick S. Ryan (Contact Author)
Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Interdisciplinary Center for Law and Information Technology (ICRI) ( email )
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Leuven, B-3000
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University of Colorado at Boulder, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program ( email )
Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program
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United States
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303-265-9737 (Fax)
Jacob Glick
Google, Inc.- Canada ( email )
151 Charles Street West
Suite 200
Kitchener, N2G 1H6
Canada
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