WCIT Statement

Ginger Paque gpaque at gmail.com
Sun Nov 4 07:27:25 EST 2012

I would like to sign as an individual. Thanks. Ginger

Ginger (Virginia) Paque

VirginiaP at diplomacy.edu
Diplo Foundation
Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme

On 4 November 2012 05:58, parminder <parminder at itforchange.net> wrote:

>  IT for Change would like to sign it.
>  On Sunday 04 November 2012 05:01 PM, Pranesh Prakash wrote:
> Dear all,
> The participants in Baku decided to incorporate small revisions without
> re-opening the entire text.  Here's the final version:
> http://igcaucus.org:9001/p/wcit_statement
> Currently, we have 10 organizations that are signatories to it:
> Access (Brett Solomon)
> Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (AHM. Bazlur Rahman)
> Centre for Internet and Society (Pranesh Prakash)
> Center for Democracy & Technology
> Consumers International
> Electronic Frontier Finland (Tapani Tarvainen)
> Global Partners & Associates (Andrew Puddephatt)
> InternetNZ
> ONG Derechos Digitales (Claudio Ruiz)
> OpenMedia (Steve Anderson)
> As far as I can see, we have until the 7th before we close signatories and
> endorsements.  (These two words are being used to distinguish between those
> who participated in framing it and those who agree with it.)
> Given that anyone can edit the document, if you are adding your
> organization's name, I would request you to write your name in
> parentheses.  We can decide later that we wish to remove names from all
> organizations.
> Regards,
> Pranesh
> Pranesh Prakash wrote [2012-11-04 12:20]:
> Dear all,
> Here is the statement of civil society members and groups participating
> in a pre-IGF meeting at Baku in 2012 as drafted after the morning
> session on Sunday, November 4, 2012.
> Please indicate your and your group's support of this statement on this
> mailing list or directly at the end of this Etherpad document:
> <http://igcaucus.org:9001/p/wcit_statement><http://igcaucus.org:9001/p/wcit_statement>.
> Given our deliberation on these both yesterday and today — and the fact
> that we would not wish to open this particular statement up to extensive
> revision again — I would request people to raise comments on this
> mailing list only if you believe the drafters have committed an
> egregious mistake in capturing the agreement present in the room. Please
> do not leave comments on the Etherpad document.
> Regards,
> Pranesh
> ====
> Statement of civil society members and groups participating in a pre-IGF
> meeting at Baku in 2012.
> The process of the revision of the International Telecommunications
> Regulations (ITRs) have not been sufficiently inclusive and transparent,
> despite some recent efforts to facilitate some public participation.
> Fundamental to the framing of public policy must be the pursuit of the
> public interest and fundamental human rights, and we urge member states
> to uphold and protect these values.
> We as civil society organizations wish to engage with the World
> Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) process in this
> spirit. Member-states, in most cases, have not held open, broad-based,
> public consultations in the lead up to the WCIT, nor have they indicated
> such process for the WCIT itself.
> In order to address this deficiency, and as a minimum, we would urge:
> * All member states and regional groups to make their proposals
> available to the public in sufficient time to allow for meaningful
> public participation;
> * All delegates to support proposals to open sessions of the WCIT
> meeting to the public;
> * The ITU Secretariat to increase transparency of the WCIT including
> live webcast with the video, audio, and text transcripts, as far as
> possible, to enable participation by all, including persons with
> disabilities;
> * The ITU Secretariat, member-states, and regional groups to make as
> much documentation publicly available as possible on the ITU's website,
> so that civil society can provide substantive input on proposals as they
> are made available;
> * Member-states to encourage and facilitate civil society participation
> their national delegations;
> * The ITU to create spaces during the WCIT for civil society to express
> their views, as was done during the WSIS process.
> Given the uncertainty about the nature of final proposals that will be
> presented, we urge delegates that the following criteria be applied to
> any proposed revisions of the ITRs.
> * That any proposed revisions are confined to the traditional core
> mandate of the ITU and scope of the ITRs, where international regulation
> is required around technical issue limited to basic telecommunications
> networks and interoperability standards.
> * There should be no revisions to the ITRs that involve regulation of
> the Internet Protocol and above.
> * There should be no revisions that could have a negative impact on
> affordable access to the Internet or the public's rights to privacy and
> freedom of expression.
> More positively we call upon the ITU to promote principles of net
> neutrality, open standards, affordable access and universal service, and
> effective competition.
> Signed by:
> ====
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