WCIT-12 and the future of the Internet

2012 could be a crucial year for the future of the Internet and international telecommunications.

A major intergovernmental conference at the end of the year—the 12th World Conference on International Telecommunications (or WCIT-12)—will revise the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs). These rules define general principles for the provision and operation of international telecommunications.

Whilst the Conference offers an opportunity to update the ITRs in line with modern telecoms operations, proposals from a number of countries have raised the spectre of the ITRs being significantly expanded to cover critically important aspects of the Internet—replacing multistakeholder mechanisms such as ICANN.

It is vitally important that all companies with an interest in the Internet carefully monitor preparations for WCIT-12, as the outcomes may have a material impact on the evolution of cyberspace.

ICC UK is already working with a range of companies and industry groups to feed in views to key governments and stakeholders. If you would like to get involved in this work, please contact Andrew Wilson (awilson@international-chamber.co.uk).