ITU, 150 Years Old, But Does It Have a Future and Is It IoT? (videos)

ITU Interviews Robert Pepper, V P, Global Technology Policy Cisco Systems, Inc. -- Interview with Dr Robert Pepper, V P Global Technology Policy Cisco Systems, Inc. at ITU 150th Anniversary Celebration, Geneva, Switzerland, 17 May 2015. see: IoT -- Internet of Things

Published on April 8, 2015: "The year 2015 marks a major milestone in the history of the International Telecommunication Union. ITU’s 150th Anniversary celebration is an opportunity for ITU and its Members to honor the past as well as launch activities for the future."

Question: What is the future role of the ITU?

See: Celebrating the ITU's Anniversary with "Abandonment" and ITU150 | Committed to connecting the world and

Written Testimony for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy and Environmental Policy: "... the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and digital economy sectors are critical and EB (Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) has led the effort to advance U.S. priorities on Internet governance, ensuring an open and global Internet, free from governmental controls. EB led the United States delegation to the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) highest-level treaty conference late last year, securing agreement that there would be no expansion of ITU’s role in Internet governance or cybersecurity. EB is leading the U.S. push to expand access spectrum for mobile broadband and pave the way for remotely piloting aircraft and myriad space science activities at the ITU’s World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) later this year, seizing the opportunity to advance U.S. innovation and economic growth, further strengthen national security, and accelerate U.S. research and leadership."--Testimony of Kurt Tong, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC, May 6, 2015.

In the recent past there were attempts to have ITU involved in the DNS and domain name issues:

ITU-T Newslog - Procedures for Registration with the Top Level Domain .int: "Procedures for Registration with the Top Level Domain .int ITU-T Study Group 2 has approved at its December 2005 meeting, a Recommendation outlining procedures for registration with the domain ".int". ITU-T Recommendation E.910 clarifies the principles and procedures for the registration of names under the Internet top-level domain ".int" and the process by which qualified international organizations can register for domain names under ".int". Importantly it outlines what criteria an international organization must meet in order to qualify for such a domain." and

Multilingual Domain Names: Joint ITU / WIPO Symposium"The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) hosted a Joint Symposium on Multilingual Domain Names from 6-7 December 2001, at the International Conference Center of Geneva (CICG). Day one of the Symposium was led by ITU and dealt with technology and policy issues. Day two was led by WIPO and dealt with intellectual property and dispute resolution issues."


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