Stand for a free and open internet.
Paul Redwin. Senior Policy Advisor at UK Department of Culture, Media & Sport,
Chris Woolford, Ofcom representative at the WCIT conference,
Wesley Milton, International Policy Manager at Ofcom,
At the upcoming WCIT conference in Dubai, governments will consider proposals to update the
ITU’s underlying treaty. Some proposals would expand the ITU’s mandate in ways that could
threaten Internet openness and innovation, increase access costs, and erode human rights
The internet is powerful tool for communication, driving economic development, and expanding
human rights. Discussions about the future of the internet should involve as many
stakeholders as possible including government officials, technology experts, businesses
leaders, civil society, and human rights organizations.
I write to ask that you:
- Reject proposals at WCIT that would expand ITU authority to areas of Internet governance
especially those that affect the exercise of human rights online;
- Release to the public proposals that our country or other countries will make at the WCIT;
- Solicit input from your citizens and experts on proposals, including by inviting a range
of stakeholders to participate in our country’s delegation.
The ITU has done much good in the world and I applaud these efforts. I join a chorus of
voices from around the globe, however, who feel strongly that policy decisions about the
Internet should be made in a transparent manner with genuine multistakeholder participation
from civil society, governments, and the private sector, not by the ITU.