08 November 2014

ITUPlenipot, PP14, "That's A Wrap"

The Bark Was Worse Than The Bite!

Really don't know what everyone was worried about--not much really there from our point of view. Hope everyone enjoyed themselves (personally, the endless meetings and talk were a 'little much'). See you again in four years. Hopefully the Grande Dame ITU will be a little more transparent and accessible then--you are making progress! Peace. -- expVC.com

Oh, if you want to know what happened, just go to the sources:

PP-14 Documents: (English) http://www.itu.int/en/plenipotentiary/2014/Documents/final-acts/pp14-final-acts-en.pdf

Samantha Dickinson's article in Guardian: How will internet governance change after the ITU conference? (7 Nov 2014) http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/07/how-will-internet-governance-change-after-the-itu-conference: (excerpt): ".... Which states came out on top? Not the USA, despite the fact that Toure gave the USA credit for helping with the Crimea and Palestine negotiations. USA tainted its image early in the conference, when it criticised the chair of the group handling internet and cybersecurity related issues. The USA was also a little too aggressive in some of its responses to proposals it didn’t like and a bit too keen to hint to others that it had done deals to get proposals it disliked off the table. In contrast, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden all appeared to come out of the plenipot with greater respect of other member states, including some traditional foes of the internet... What’s next? Discussions on internet issues were intense, but the outcomes were fairly insubstantial. It suggests the internet cold war is definitely thawing after the key battle at WCIT in 2012. States will still need to posture and clearly state their policy positions in proposals, but are more willing to let them go by the wayside … as long as proposals by those with opposing views also aren’t incorporated. This doesn’t mean that states don’t want to pursue their goals - it simply means they are being more patient about how long it will take to get there. The next big meeting to discuss technology and internet issues in the UN world is the General Assembly’s special high-level meeting in December 2015. That will review a decade of activities since the World Summit on the Information Society was held in Tunis in 2005. It is at this meeting, the highest level of the UN family of agencies, that many governments may choose to take up internet issues again... "

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