The U.N. and the Internet: Previewing the World Conference on International Telecommunication
Please join the Mercatus Center for a panel discussion on the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT). Once in a generation, governments from around the world gather to revise the International Telecommunication Regulations, a UN-sponsored treaty that governs international telecom practices. This year's meeting is especially important because it is the first one since widespread adoption of technologies such as the Internet and mobile phones.
In the U.S. there has been widespread concern that the UN may want to exert greater control over the Internet, and the House recently voted unanimously for a resolution opposing any such move. Additionally, there are concerns that the new regulations could require U.S. web companies to pay to deliver content over the Internet.
The panel will preview these and other issues that are likely to arise at the WCIT meeting that begins in Dubai on December 3. The event will also feature a keynote address by Ambassador Terry D. Kramer, the head of the U.S. delegation to the WCIT.
Eli Dourado, Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University & co-creator, WCITLeaks.org
Paul Brigner, Regional Director of the North American Bureau, Internet Society
Milton Mueller, Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies & co-founder, Internet Governance Project
Gary Fowlie, Head of the Liaison office of the International Telecommunication Union to the United Nations