21 October 2014

US Delegation to the ITU Plenipotentiary Trying to Prevent a Vote

Here’s how the U.S. plans to avoid a U.N. vote on the future of the Internet - The Washington Post: "The latest battle over who should run the Internet will be waged in the South Korean port city of Busan over the next three weeks. For U.S. officials headed to the United Nation's International Telecommunication Union's Plenipotentiary Conference, the goal is simple: prevent a vote... Complicating matters further is that the rest of the world isn't standing still while the U.S. team is in Busan. The head of ICANN, Fadi ChehadĂ©, has been scampering around the globe in a bid to gain support for a proposal to create a global body to govern Internet content, including privacy and spam, while ensuring that the U.S. doesn't have an unduly dominant role in the process. Throw into the mix the potential for more disclosures about government surveillance programs, and the State Department's efforts become even more complex...." (read more at link above)

U.S. Delegation to the International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea:
  • Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, is leading the U.S. delegation to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference, which takes place from October 20-November 7 in Busan, Republic of Korea. Other members of the U.S. delegation include:
  • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler
  • FCC Commissioner Michael O’Reilly
  • ,Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva Pamela Hamamoto
  • State Department Coordinator for Cyber Issues Christopher Painter
  • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Lawrence E. (Larry) Strickling
  • Dr. Andy Ozment, Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security
  • Officials of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Defense. 
The ITU  Plenipotentiary Conference is a three week, high-level policy conference held every four years with the goal of setting the ITU general policies, adopting four-year strategic and financial plans, and electing the ITU senior management team, members of Council, and members of the Radio Regulations Board.

More information:  ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014, Busan, Republic of Korea

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