Category Paul Conneally

Building bridges to Access the Future

The World Telecommunication Policy Forum #WTPF is now well underway and delegates are already making great progress in endorsing the draft Opinions. At the time of writing Opinions three and four are already approved, well ahead of the allotted time, and proceedings are being conducted in what was described by one avid #WTPF twitter follower […]

What does the Internet mean to you as a young person?

The most profound technologies are said to be those that have the ability to weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it. In a very short period of time the Internet has had a significant impact on the way we live. It has democratized access to information on a […]

WCIT-12: New ITRs Article to make ICTs accessible to people with disabilities

Approximately six-hundred and fifty million people around the world live with some form of disability – including both physical and cognitive – with a high percentage of these individuals living in developing countries. This also includes the continuing rise in the number of elderly people living in society today. This accounts for around 10 per […]

The Google campaign – An ITU view

عربي    中文    Español     Français     Русский ITU notes the recent comments made by Google in relation to the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) in Dubai. Google has erroneously claimed that WCIT-12, which will take place in Dubai from 3-14 December, will be used as a forum to increase censorship and regulate the Internet. The freedom of expression and […]

WCIT-12: Clarification needed during Open Letter season

It is with great surprise and disappointment that ITU notes the joint letter signed by Greenpeace International and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) which was addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon regarding the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12). The assertions in the open letter cannot go unchallenged, as many of the issues raised […]

Privacy and censorship, security and freedom – Part two

Seeking the right balance in today’s and future networks Can you really hide online? Methods exist to try and hide the origin of activity via the Internet online, as well as through other communications. But in most cases, people are not as anonymous online as they think – or hope – they are. There are […]

Privacy and censorship, security and freedom – Part one

Seeking the right balance in today’s and future networks At the heart of many discussions concerning the future of communications lies the need to balance security with privacy, and to allow freedom of expression while limiting the dissemination of undesirable or dangerous information. There might be no perfect solution to this challenge, but it is […]