Thursday, July 19, 2012

Groups Say ITU's Transparency Efforts Aren't Enough

Gross, Grant. "Groups Say ITU's Transparency Efforts Aren't Enough." PCWorld, July 16, 2012.

From the article: "The United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU) still isn't transparent enough, even though the organization has promised to give the public more information about a December treaty-writing meeting, representatives of two digital rights groups said Monday.

The ITU's governing body, the Council, announced Friday that it would publish the main conference preparatory document for the upcoming World Conference On International Telecommunications on the ITU website and allow the public to comment on the document.

The announcements were "extremely modest first steps, and don't really go nearly far enough to create the kind of open, inclusive and transparent process we believe needs to take place," said Cynthia Wong, director of the Center for Democracy and Technology's Project on Global Internet Freedom." Read more

See also 
"Landmark Decision By ITU Council On Proposal For Public Consultation And Open Access To Key Conference Document." Press Release, ITU, July 13, 2012.