In 2012, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will host the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) where a 1988 treaty, the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs) will be renegotiated. This is a treaty conference and the results will be binding between Member States (193).
Potential danger of the outcome of negotiating this treaty is that it may result in massive regulation of the Net and countries without the net, especially in Africa - do not break it before we get it..
Assumption that the Net is compartmentalized on a national basis, which is far from today's truth.
Many issues with WCIT proposals...
Architecture, security, traffic billing and two Internet interconnection issues:
-proposal for end to end quality of servcie delivery mechanism and
- proposal to establish a system of settlements between network operators based on sending-party pays. (it will not work)
ETNO Proposal - on IXPs
World Conference on International Communications
"may emerge as a success, the original World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (WATTC)"
ITR 1988 treaty document can be found here:
http://www.itu.int/oth/T3F01000001 - ITU's or URLs not public if you are not a member
US Contributions: http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/othr/telecom/196031.htm
Key ITU events leading up to 2012 WTSA and WCIT: Sept ITU-T SG2, SG3 SG15, CEPT Regioinal Prep
Global Standards Symposium. WTSA, 20-29 Nov (APT, ATU, Arab, CITEL and African Regional Prep)
WCIT, WTPF, WSIS, WTF?!
What can be done?