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ITU Plenipotentiary Notes - Week 1

ITU Plenipotentiary Notes - Week 1

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Internet Society notes from the first week of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Internet Society notes from the first week of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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ITU Plenipotentiary NotesWeek 1
October 11, 2010
Plenipotentiary week 1
Since the first week of PP is focused on speeches and election of ITU officials,we decided to report on the first week focusing on events of the week instead of daily reports.
 The event was opened by a speech from the President of Mexico, Senor Calderon. This was followed by the ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Toure'sremarks, which are attached. For those not familiar with ITU speak, ICT(Information and Communication Technology) is basically code for the Internet.There isn’t an existing definition in the ITU for ICT now, in fact one Member Stateproposes that ITU Council define the term sometime over the next 4 years. Butefforts to create a definition can be read as a debate over how much of theInternet the ITU should have control over, and which parts.
Monday- Friday
Policy Statements – Much of the first week is filled with Member States makingpolicy statements on various topics. Unless asked for a specific country’sremarks I will not include them in this or further reports.
The introduction of documents and proposals began mid-week. This is formalityand not a great deal of discussion around the meat of the proposal takes place.It does however provide the opportunity to get a lay of the land and idea of whatthe discussions yet to come will be like. A recurring theme seemed to call for theITU playing an expanded role in the Internet and Internet governance. Therewere no surprises in how the cards fell. Syrian, Iran, Saudi Arabia (+ArabGroup), China, South Africa, Mali, Algeria (+Africa Group) and Russia are all for expanding the ITUs role.
– the following are some items of particular interest, and notinclusive of all contribution input. The following are clips from some of theinteresting contributions being put forward.Arab States (S10-PP-C-0016)1. Recognizes:
that ITU is dealing with technical and policy issues related to IP-based networks including the existing Internet and its evolution toNGN and will certainly contribute for sure in the studies for thefuture development of the Internet Protocol (IP), bearing in mindthat it developed an important protocol that took into considerationall security requirements during its work on models of open
systems interconnection (OSI) prior to the emerging of the Internetprotocol1. Invites Sector members:
to seek the appropriate means to contribute to enhancedcooperation on international public policy issues relating to theInternet through the relevant Member States, in their respectiveroles and responsibilitiesBrazil Contribution (S10-PP-C-0045)–1. Re-iterates their dissatisfaction with the IGF being a non-decisional bodyand the link between ICANN and the US government.2. Proposes Internet SG – for those that do not have access to thedocuments following is an extract of the proposal:
“to create a Study Group (SG 20 – Internet) within the structure of the Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T), with theTerms of Reference to be discussed and approved by TSAG at itsfirst meeting in 2011, tasked to deal in a centralized andcoordinated manner with the technical aspects of telecommunication networks to support Internet, the appropriatemanagement of its critical resources and all other technical mattersrelated to Internet Governance, disseminate its outputs throughoutthe ITU’s membership, especially among developing countries, andinteract with other relevant international inter-governmentalorganizations and entiti
“coordinat[e] the technical work carried out by the relevant ITU-TStudy Groups related to the Internet and disseminating its outputsamong the ITU membership, especially among developingcountries; [and]
“develop Recommendations on technical aspects of telecommunication networks that support the Internet, incoordination with relevant Study Groups [and]
” that SG20 should interact with other technical standardsorganizations to avoid the duplication of the work, creating acommon environment to promote the growth of the Internet andstimulating a secure and stable network.”Elections -The week ended with the elections, results are as follows :Hamadoun Toure, Secretary-General ( incumbent - ran unopposed )Houlin Zhao, Deputy Secretary-General ( incumbent - ran unopposed )Malcolm Johnson, Director TSB, ( incumbent - ran unopposed )Francois Rancy, Director Radio BureauBrahima Sanou, Director Development Bureau (overturning the incumbent,Mr. Sammy al-Basheer of Saudi Arabia)

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