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Given the disorder and confusion surrounding the process during the last plenary session, I'm not sure the news is quite as good as it's being portrayed in this article. 8^)
Some more news coverage:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57558819-93/exclusive-itu-failed-says-forme... A former telecommunications policy maker at the international organization, which is holding talks in Dubai to expand regulation of the Internet, warns that the group's conference is "absolutely absurd." The International Telecommunication Union is "the most failed body in the history of international telecommunications," a former policy chief has told CNET, describing secret talks, Russia's close involvement with the group, and the ITU's Global Cybersecurity Agenda.
https://www.cdt.org/blogs/ellery-biddle/1212wcit-watch-day-10-definitely-abo... Confusion reigned as the 10th day of WCIT debate staggered to a close (at 1:29AM local time on Day 11), with Conference Chairman Mohammed Nasser Al Ghanim muscling a contentious resolution on the Internet through a “temperature-taking” process that left some bewildered delegates feeling feverish.
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20121212/23365121371/itu-goes-back-multiple... In response to all of the earlier criticisms and to stave off ongoing criticism, ITU officials had made a few promises leading up to the World Conference on International Communications (WCIT). Among them: (1) changes to International Telecom Regulations (ITRs) would be done via consensus, rather than simple majority vote and (2) that the whole thing was not about internet governance. In one move, the ITU appears to have proved both of those claims to be blatantly false.
US refuses to sign.
http://www.commsday.com/uncategorized/wcit-collapses-us-uk-allies-refuse-to-... The piece talks about African countries rallied behind the Floor vote
This is an article by Reuters on pretty much the same thing.
The BBC Article talks about the US, UK and Canada refusing to sign the Internet Treaty
On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 8:00 AM, Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro < email@example.com> wrote:
US refuses to sign.