Sunday, February 20, 2005

Notes from Apricot

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Comments of Geoff Huston (APNIC) during the WSIS/WGIG segment at Apricot 2005:

On a larger scale -- This is not an ICANN vs. ITU debate, but a deeper consideration into the most effective manner of meeting a very diverse set of expectations relating to the global role of the Internet over the coming decades -- The WSIS process will have far-reaching implications for the future of the Internet -- may need further evolution to the current model (for instance, ICANN).

The following supplemental notes are from the Gen Kanai weblog:

Presentation thoughts:

- ICANN perceived as being too "private sector" and ITU-T is perceived as too supportive of governments; there ought to be a balance - governments wish to control communications; ITU-T is essentially (imho) a hand of governments - IP communications has really impacted the world's telecommunications in many, many ways; follow the money (or rather, in this case, how the floes of money have changed) to see where the pressure points are

THOUGHTS

Today I had a quick peek into the world 'behind the Internet.'
There are a number of important issues that are facing Internet governance in the coming years, but more than anything else, I think, is that there is a huge tension that has been created due to the nature of IP communications. The power players of the past (national telecom monopolies) are quickly being deregulated across the globe, and market forces and private companies have, for the most part, made the Internet successful.

I have a hard time imagining a future Internet world which has reverted back to control by national governmental telecom monopolies. I think the Internet will route around attacks to it, from external forces like the ITU-T.

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