Category WCIT-12


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 […]


Debunking the myth of a Digital Cold War, before it’s too late

This article was originally published on March 29, 2013 on With the end of the Cold War and the rise of the global internet, mankind witnessed the collapse of the bipolar, zero-sum world that had dominated international relations for the better part of a century. The system that replaced it included new forms of communication and information […]


Beyond WCIT-12: US Ambassador pledges continued support for increased connectivity and access to the Internet around the world

This is an extract of a keynote address delivered by U.S. Ambassador, H.E. Ambassador Terry D. Kramer (U.S. Head of Delegation, World Conference on International Telecommunications) at a recent workshop entitled ‘Beyond Dubai – A New Global Agenda for the Internet’ – held in Rome, Italy on 8 March 2013. It is hard to believe […]

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WCIT-12 adopts humanitarian instruments to improve safety and accessibility

Information and Communication Technologies save lives and have the potential to maximize the benefits of the Knowledge Society for marginalized communities in landlocked developing countries, small island developing states and for people everywhere who have disabilities. Within this context, the World Conference on International Telecommunications (#WCIT12) which recently concluded in Dubai adopted Article 5 – […]

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WCIT-12: A new Resolution for a globally harmonized national number for access to emergency services

A new Resolution tabled at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (#WCIT12) underlines the importance for travelers to be aware of a single well-known number to access local emergency services if the need ever arises. The formulation of the Resolution at WCIT-12 instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau to take the necessary action […]


WCIT-12 enshrines environmental sustainability in global ICT treaty

Delegates at WCIT-12 have sounded global agreement on the need for the next phase of ICT development to prioritize environmental sustainability, reaching consensus on the inclusion of a provision targeting “energy efficiency and e-waste” in drafts of what will become 2012’s set of International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs). The ITRs provide countries across the world with […]

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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 […]


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