Thursday, November 20, 2008

ITU Passes Anti-Cyberwar Resolution

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has passed a resolution to attempt to curb cyber warfare between nation states. The core of the resolution states:
"resolves to invite Member States
  1. to refrain from taking any unilateral and/or discriminatory actions that could impede another Member State from accessing public Internet sites, within the spirit of Article 1 of the ITU Constitution and the WSIS principles;
  2. to report to the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau on any incident referred to in 1 above,"
"instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
  1. to integrate and analyse the information on incidents reported from Member States;
  2. to report this information to Member States, through an appropriate mechanism,"
"invites Member States and Sector Members

to submit contributions to the ITU-T study groups that contribute to the prevention and avoidance of such practices."
The full resolution is available here:

Resolution 69 – Non-discriminatory access and use of Internet resources

For a broader view of the political context this resolution is mired in and the international infighting between Internet governance organizations see:

Controversy Over Internet Governance: ITU Families And ICANN Cosmetics?

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