posted on Nov, 23 2012 @ 09:02 AM
Hello once again ATS. I've come to borrow yet another chunk of your time. Sometimes I do so a bit frivolously. But, sadly, today that is not the case.
Today I bring you news most troubling and foul....
Mark the above picture into your mind ATS - and mark it well. It is the propaganda presentation for the battleground that may well decide the future
of our beloved Internet.
The ITU will facilitate the The World Congress on International Telecommunications or WCIT, a treaty-level conference that addresses the
international rules for telecommunications, including international tariffs.] The previous conference to update the International Telecommunication
Regulations (ITRs) was held in Melbourne in 1988. The next conference will be held in Dubai in December 2012.
The treaty itself consists of ten articles and 73 reservations from various of the 111 initial signatory countries. It covers both inter-country
communications as well as maritime communications, governing privileged and emergency communications, accounting for services, and exceptions for
bilaterally agreed communications.
In August 2012, ITU called for a public consultation on a draft document ahead of the conference. The proposal would allow government restriction or
blocking of information disseminated via the internet and create a global regime of monitoring internet communications - including the demand that
those who send and receive information identify themselves. It would also allow governments to shut down the internet if there is the belief that it
may interfere in the internal affairs of other states or that information of a sensitive nature might be shared.
Telecommunications ministers from 193 countries will attend the conference.
What is all the hubbub about? Well the secret is now out...
A document leaked today, dated May 08, 2012, entitled "DRAFT COMPLILATION OF PROPOSALS WITH OPTIONS FOR REVISIONS FOR THE ITRS
. This document
was created by the International Telecommunication Union
. A bit about
From the above linked Wikipedia source
The International Telecommunication Union, previously the International Telegraph Union, is the specialized agency of the United Nations which is
responsible for information and communication technologies. ITU coordinates the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promotes international
cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, works to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world and establishes worldwide
ITU also organizes worldwide and regional exhibitions and forums, such as ITU TELECOM WORLD, bringing together representatives of government and the
telecommunications and ICT industry to exchange ideas, knowledge and technology. The ITU is active in areas including broadband Internet,
latest-generation wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, satellite-based meteorology, convergence in
fixed-mobile phone, Internet access, data, voice, TV broadcasting, and next-generation networks.
ITU is based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a member of the United Nations Development Group and its membership includes 193 Member States and around 700
Sector Members and Associates.
Wikipedia also has the following to say about the mission of The ITU:
The ITU's mission is to enable the growth and sustained development of telecommunications and information networks, and to facilitate universal
access so that people everywhere can participate in, and benefit from, the emerging information society and global economy. The ITU assists in
mobilizing the technical, financial, and human resources required to make this vision real.
For the last 20 years, ITU has been coordinating efforts of government and industry and private sector in the development of a global broadband
multimedia international mobile telecommunication system, known as IMT. Since 2000, the world has seen the introduction of the first family of
standards derived from the IMT concept. Since May 2007, there are more than 1 billion IMT-2000 subscribers in the world. IMT-Advanced
provides a global platform on which to build the next generations of mobile services - fast data access, unified messaging and broadband multimedia -
in the form of exciting new interactive services.
A major priority of the ITU is bridging the so-called "digital divide" by building adequate and safe information and communication infrastructure and
developing confidence in the use of cyberspace through enhanced online security.
The ITU also concentrates on strengthening emergency communications for disaster prevention and mitigation, especially in less developed
The ITU has been in existense much longer than has the Internet. In fact it came into being in
Paris, France in the year 1865
. It later became affiliated with the
, as a specialized agency
Of itself the ITU says the following:
Virtually every facet of modern life – in business, culture or entertainment, at work and at home – depends on information and communication
Today, there are billions of mobile phone subscribers, close to five billion people with access to television, and tens of millions of new Internet
users every year. Hundreds of millions of people around the world use satellite services – whether getting directions from a satellite navigation
system, checking the weather forecast or watching television from isolated areas. Millions more use video compression every day in mobile phones,
music players and cameras.
ITU is at the very heart of the ICT sector, brokering agreement on technologies, services, and allocation of global resources like radio-frequency
spectrum and satellite orbital positions, to create a seamless global communications system that’s robust, reliable, and constantly evolving.
The global international telecommunications network is the largest and most sophisticated engineering feat ever created. You use it every time you log
on to the web, send an e-mail or SMS, listen to the radio, watch television, order something online, travel by plane or ship – and of course every
time you use a mobile phone, smartphone or tablet computer.
They also go on to proudly state that they are responsible for every phone call, coordinating all
the worlds satellites, and especially
important: making the Internet possible
Their "About" page
sums it up nicely:
ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies –
We allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect,
and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.
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