The ITU Treaty Negotiations: A Call for Openness and Participation

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

23 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2012

Date Written: June 4, 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.

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

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

Suggested Citation

Ryan PhD, Patrick Spaulding 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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2077095

Patrick Spaulding Ryan PhD (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://web.stanford.edu/people/patrickryan

Jacob Glick

Google Inc. - Google Inc., Canada ( email )

151 Charles Street West
Suite 200
Kitchener, N2G 1H6
Canada

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