Input into the WCIT process has been dominated by member states and private industry. Together with our partners across civil society, we are providing a centralized resource bank with links to research and analysis of WCIT proposals, advocacy and mobilization materials, and multimedia resources. If you'd like to suggest a link for inclusion, please submit it using the form below.
- Freedom of Expression Online and Revising the International Telecommunication Regulations - Access Now
- This brief outlines potential threats to freedom of expression on the internet posed by revisions to the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) by identifying proposed amendments to ITRs that are inconsistent with the 2011 Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression and the Internet, and thus pose a threat to rights protected under Article 19 of the ICCPR.
- Dominant Telcos Try to End Net Neutrality Through ITU - La Quadrature du Net
- ETNO, the Brussels-based lobby representing incumbent telecoms operators, released on September 7th, 2012, a "contribution to WCIT", suggesting changes to the ITU's founding treaty, the "International Telecommunication Regulations" (ITRs). This piece provides an analysis of ETNO's proposed amendments in the context of the European debate on Net neutrality.
- The ITU and the Importance of Voluntary Technical Standards - CDT
- This paper details how technical standardization works and why proposals for mandatory use of standards developed in the ITU are cause for grave concern. Several Member States have proposed that technical standards that the ITU produces become mandatory for Internet technology companies and network operators to build into their products. These proposals would fundamentally upend the way that the Internet has always worked. Making ITU standards mandatory would critically jeopardize the Internet’s openness and capability for sustaining the free exchange of ideas, would threaten the future growth and stability of the network, and would sap the Internet’s economic vitality.
- Security Proposals to the ITU Could Create More Problems, Not Solutions - CDT
- Several Member States have introduced proposals to revise the ITUʼs basic treaty to include provisions addressing the security of networks or information. These proposals have rightly raised controversy not only because of their implications for Internet freedom, but also because of concerns that ITU intervention could distract from or undermine other ongoing efforts by institutions better suited to address Internet security. This paper examines in detail some of the proposals relating to cybercrime and cybersecurity.
- Second Civil Society Letter Opposing Expansion of ITU Treaty - Various
- In a second open letter to ITU member states, civil society and academics from around the world voice their concerns about the upcoming treaty negotiation. The undersigned organizations and individuals wish to express to member states and government delegates their concerns about the closed nature of the ITU process and about specific proposals that would threaten Internet openness and human rights online. Civil society organizations and academics are invited to join this call. To sign the letter, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The page also provides a list of national ITU contact points so signatories can send the letter directly to their governments.
- Internet Global Growth: Lessons for the Future - Analysis Mason
- Evidence shows that the current model effectively promotes Internet growth and access in developing countries, and argues that any fundamental regulatory overhaul could halt such growth and find users cut off.
- Comments of the Voice on the Net (VON) Coalition Europe on the WCIT-ITU discussions - VON Europe
- Comments of the Voice on the Net (VON) Coalition Europe on the WCIT-ITU discussions. VON was launched in December 2007 by leading Internet communications and technology companies, on the cutting edge to create an authoritative voice for the Internet-enabled communications industry. Its current members are iBasis, Google, Microsoft, Skype, Viber, Vonage, Voxbone and WeePee. The VON Coalition Europe notably focuses on educating and informing policymakers in the European Union and abroad in order to promote responsible government policies that enable innovation and the many benefits that Internet voice innovations can deliver.
- The ITU and the Internet's Titanic Moment - Patrick S. Ryan
- In spite of its recent overtures to openness and participation, we conclude that the ITU is not fit to enter into the world of Internet governance and regulation, because the Internet’s open, freely developed market. The ITU’s experience, on the other hand, is steeped in 150 years of closed, non-transparent state-run systems.
- Promoting Global Internet Freedom: Policy and Technology - CRS
- This report provides information about federal and private sector efforts to promote and support global Internet freedom and a description of Internet freedom legislation and hearings from the 112th Congress. Three appendixes suggest further reading on this topic and describe censorship and circumvention technologies.
- ITU Move to Expand Powers Threatens the Internet: Civil Society Should Have Voice in ITU Internet Debate - CDT
- The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is considering this year whether to expand its regulatory authority to the Internet. Such a move would have profound implications for the future of the Internet and could threaten the mediumʼs success as a platform for innovation, economic growth, human development, and democratic participation. Civil society must have a voice in this important debate.
- Civil Society is Key to the Debate on International Control Over the Internet - Public Knowledge
- Civil society will be the critical player in a policy debate that has dominated recent tech news - whether the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be given the power by its Member States to regulate internet access and the internet itself. Despite the fact that the US Government and US industry have vocally opposed this outcome, it is US civil society that has the biggest role to play to ensure that the Internet continues to be open and decentralized.
- Internet Interconnections Proposals For New Interconnection Model Comes Up Short - Internet Society
- Some have suggested that the WCIT should approve a new model for Internet interconnection. In this paper, the Internet Society assesses whether there is a need to address either of these matters, which are currently handled through private commercial and technical agreements, in a global, intergovernmental Treaty like the ITRs."
- ITU: Internet Governance or Just Governing the Internet? - CDT
- A number of legislators, regulators, and civil society groups, including CDT, have raised concerns about the WCIT's potential to stray into areas of Internet policy. Others have dismissed these concerns as 'rumors,' echoing the ITU Secretary General's assurances that there are no references to 'Internet governance' in the preparation documents for the WCIT.
- Governance at the Internet's Core: The Geopolitics of Interconnection and Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) in Emerging Markets - Laura DeNardis
- Recently, the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association submitted a proposal in advance of the ITU’s World Conference on International Telecommunications calling for nation state involvement in ‘facilitating’ interconnection and the prospect of compensation between providers based on ‘sending party network pays.’ This later suggestion would amount to a content tax whereby companies such as Apple, Google, Netflix, and the BBC would pay a network operator when its customers choose to download content from these sites.
- International Proposals to Regulate the Internet - Internet Society
- Testimony of Sally Shipman Wentworth, Senior Manager of Public Policy for the Internet Society before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
- Radical Proposal on Table at ITU: Analysis of ETNO European Telco Proposal - CDT
- While the ETNO proposal might benefit large, incumbent telecommunications operators, it will not likely expand Internet access in countries that need it most. And the ETNO proposal could negatively impact Internet users, with citizens in less developed countries shouldering the burden of the changes in several concrete ways.
- Internet Society comment to WCIT Preparations: February 2012 - Internet Society
- The Internet Society, an ITU Sector Member, provided these comments to the ITU preparatory process for the WCIT.
- Background: International Telecommunication Regulations - Internet Society
- The Internet Society background paper on the ITRs including the history, the process for updating, and potential challenges. In several languages.
- The 2012 World Conference On International Telecommunications: Another Brewing Storm Over Potential UN Regulation Of The Internet - Wiley Rein
- Ambassador David A Gross and Ethan Lucarelli of Wiley Rein LLP consider the possible effects of the renegotiated UN International Telecommunication Regulations.
- Sample letter to request to join a national delegation to the WCIT - Access Now
- This is a sample letter for civil society organizations who would like to join their national delegation to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). Civil society is encouraged to use and adapt the language in this letter to write to their government and request to joint their delegation to WCIT.
- Talking Points for Civil Society on the WCIT - Access Now
- These are talking points that civil society can use in discussions with their governments about World Conference on International Telecommunications.
- Sample letter to national delegation to request a consultation on the WCIT - Access Now
- This is a sample letter that civil society can adapt to send to their governments/national delegations to request a consultation on the WCIT.
- Tell the ITU: The internet belongs to us! - Access Now
- Petition to the ITU and its member states. The internet belongs to all of us - not to governments, and certainly not to the ITU. We call upon you to release your preparatory documents; recognize the role of the user, and reject any proposals that might centralize control of the internet.
- Letter for Civil Society Involvement in WCIT - Various
- A letter from academics and civil society groups from around the world to International Telecommunication Union Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun Touré regarding the lack of opportunity for civil society participation in the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) process.
- Timeline: Relevant Events Approaching ITU Conference - CDT
- The ITU will meet in Dubai December 3-14. Leading up to that meeting, there are a series of important regional and international meetings, in which governments, ICT companies and civil society will have an opportunity to discuss the issues that will be raised in Dubai. These meetings offer important opportunities to influence the positions that governmental delegations will take to Dubai.
- ITU Key Messages for Advocates - CDT
- This December, the worldʼs governments will meet to decide whether the International Telecommunication Union—a UN agency—should become involved in governing the Internet. While the ITU plays an important role in promoting global ICT development and radio communications, some government proposals to extend the ITUʼs telecom treaty to the Internet pose grave risks to free expression, access to information, and privacy.