Tag Archives: wcit-12

Countering the upsurge in numbering fraud

The first quarter of 2013 has seen ITU receive over 200 reports concerning fraud involving the misappropriation or misuse of international numbering resources. Network operators and tax authorities are losing millions of dollars to fraudsters each year and the international community is looking to ITU as the forum to discuss appropriate countermeasures. A definite boost […]

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 Aljazeera.com 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 […]

Working with our Members to promote ICT access for persons with disabilities

According to the World Report on Disability – issued jointly by the World Health Organization and the World Bank – approximately one billion people worldwide live with some form of disability. The importance of extending ICTs to persons with disabilities and special need has become more critical than ever. Within this context, Article 8B in […]

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 – […]

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 […]