Internet Governance – WTDC and other forums
Posted by ISOC.BG News on February 10, 2010
The World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) is to take place in May-June 2010 in India.
As the ITU says it on that page, “The International Telecommunication Union, through the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), organizes a World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) every four years and a number of Regional Preparatory Meetings (RPMs) within that same period…
Each Regional Preparatory Meeting brings together the countries in its region to explore and discuss their needs and the present and future projects of the Sector.”
In our Internet Governance Project, we will present reports from two of the RPMs – the one in Belarus, and the one in Andorra, which took place in November and December of 2009.
Since there are more than 50 documents in both meetings, we have tried to mark some of the more or less relevant ones for your convenience. We have put links to the relevant pages, and there you can choose the documents to review; and see that they are actually published in different languages, which is very useful.
CIS RPM Meeting, 23-25 November 2009, Minsk, Belarus
The CIS RPM meeting’s key objective was to engage the ITU members from CIS in the WTDC-10 preparatory process well in advance and to consider, at their regional level, appropriate ICT development strategies.
40 documents were produced in this meeting, and you can download them all here: http://www.itu.int/md/D06-DAP1.2.6-091123-C/en
180 participants [Doc 39] from 10 CIS Administrations, ITU, RCC and observers have attended and actively debated during this meeting.
ITU indicators presented at this meeting by the BDT Secretariat showed lowest use of Internet in the CIS Region as compared to other Regions [Doc 8]
While Doc 6 of BDT has identified “promotion of security and confidence in the use of ICT, including the protection of youth and children” as one area of future programming of work to be done by the BDT the Document 9 of the Russian Federation has explicitly required “ensuring confidence and security in the use of ICTs, with particular attention to the protection of children” and they were supported by the meeting.
Document 34 (Belarus), proposed a pilot project for a node connected to the public network for storing Internet societal resources such as education, science, culture, environment protection.
Document 22 (Ukraine) has proposed establishment of in-house proxy server in schools which periodically updates a database of banned Internet websites.
The second order of priority was granted to future Program 2: Cybersecurity and ICT Applications for further consideration by the WTDC-10.
EUR RPM Meeting, 1-3 December 2009, Andorra
The EUR-RPM meeting’s key objective was to engage the ITU members from Europe in the WTDC-10 preparatory process well in advance and to consider, at their regional level, appropriate ICT development strategies.
15 documents came out of that meeting, and you can download them here: http://www.itu.int/md/D06-DAP1.2.5-091201-C/en
The Director BDT in his opening remarks has underlined that “The influence and leadership of the European region in promoting universal access is in no doubt. Internet usage and fixed and mobile broadband uptake have increased significantly during the past few years. Today, the European market, with around ten per cent of the global population, accounts for…. more than 22 per cent of Internet users and that close to two out of three Europeans are using the Internet. According to the ITU’s latest ICT Development Index (IDI), 5 out of the top 6 countries are European”.
Furthermore he has underlined that other area that has been prominent in the BDT work has been the in Cyber-security and he has announced that ITU-IMPACT Global Response Centre (CRC)/Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) project will be launched early 2010 in Romania, Montenegro, Serbia and Poland.
The EUR RPM has recommended that Program 2 “Cybersecurity and ICT Applications”, supported by following four modes of delivery: creation of tools, development of training materials, information dissemination through workshops and seminars as well as direct assistance, be submitted for further consideration to the WTDC-10.