Russia, China withdraw controversial proposal at treaty conference
The proposal would lead to multinational control over the Internet, according to some accounts
IDG News Service - Russia, China and other countries withdrew a proposal at the World Conference on International Telecommunications that according to some accounts aimed to bring the Internet under the control of the International Telecommunication Union.
A spokeswoman for the ITU, which convened the conference, confirmed Tuesday that the proposal had been withdrawn, but said she did not know its contents as it never became an official document of the conference. Egypt was mentioned as a signatory, but later denied it, she added.
On Friday, representatives of the United Arab Emirates said at a plenary session that they wanted to introduce a new proposal, citing an article of the ITU constitution that allows a world conference to partially, or in exceptional cases, completely revise international telecommunication regulations and deal with any questions of a worldwide character within its competence and related to its agenda. The new proposal was described as a "new compilation of existing text," with nothing new in it.
The UAE representative also expressed frustration at the lack of any progress on the number of issues that the WCIT was to discuss, according to a transcript of the session.
ITU secretary general Hamadoun TourA(c) said at a press briefing ahead of the conference in Dubai that the conference cannot assign the ITU with regulatory powers.
The UAE delegation said it would submit the new multiregional common proposals on Friday to the chairman and secretary of the WCIT to be published on Monday and discussed at a plenary meeting. Russia backed the move.
The ITU, however, said in a Twitter message on Monday that a new multiregional proposal submitted to the plenary session on Friday had been withdrawn. It did not provide details.
Earlier on Monday, Terry Kramer, head of the U.S. delegation to the WCIT denied news reports that his country had threatened to walk out out of the conference.
Russia, China and some other countries have been referred to in reports as proposing multinational control over the Internet, and also demanding multinational control of its numbering and naming system.
WCITLeaks, which has published what it claims to be confidential documents from the WCIT conference, has posted a copy of a Dec. 5 proposal by Russia, China and some other countries, which aimed to bring information and computer technologies under the scope of the ITU regulations, and also provide an equal role to all ITU member states in the management of the Internet.
The numbering and naming system is currently regulated by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) under contract with the U.S. government.
The WCIT conference ends Friday.
- Data on the Move = Business on the Move; How Strategic Secure Managed File Transfer Adds Value and Drives Business This whitepaper describes the formal and informal file-sharing methods business employees use to perform their daily functions and explains that, from sending small...
- Path Selection Infographic Path Selection Infographic
- Hyperconvergence Infographic A wide range of observers agree that data centers are now entering an era of "hyperconvergence" that will raise network traffic levels faster...
- Preparing Your Infrastructure for the Hyperconvergence Era From cloud computing and virtualization to mobility and unified communications, an array of innovative technologies is transforming today's data centers.
- Supercharge Your Web and Mobile App Development with High-Productivity Hybrid Cloud Webinar: Hear from industry experts about the amazing power at the intersection of next-generation web and mobile application development and cloud platforms.
- Cloud Knowledge Vault Learn how your organization can benefit from the scalability, flexibility, and performance that the cloud offers through the short videos and other resources... All Internet White Papers | Webcasts
Our new weekly Consumerization of IT newsletter covers a wide range of trends including BYOD, smartphones, tablets, MDM, cloud, social and what it all means for IT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!