My name is Matthew Shears. I am an IEG member and I am speaking on behalf of my IEG colleagues:
- Nnenna Nwakanma
- Avri Doria
- Deborah Brown
- Wolfgang Kleinwachter
I am also speaking on behalf of the following civil society organisations and individuals:
This week Consumers International is representing the consumer movement at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum and the ITU's World Telecommunications Policy Forum (WTPF). The ITU is one of two institutions (along with the TPP, which also has a meeting this week) that we have been targetting with advocacy for improvement of its openness and transparency.
In the wake of the anti-climatic conclusion to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) earlier this month, readers could be forgiven for being confused about whether all the hype about the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) staging a UN takeover of the Internet had ever represented a real threat, or had ju
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is not living up to its own recommendations on consumer representation. The Resolution 64 of World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC, 2010 Hyderabad) demands proper consumer participation in the ITU regulatory process. To date ITU management has failed to comply with its own promises and this has raised many concerns about ITU transparency and consumer protection.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a United Nations body working for telecommunications and radio related regulations and developmental projects in this area. This international body last revised its general principals for international telephonic system called International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) in 1988 and they are due for revision again in 2012. Recent debate regarding amendments to the ITRs becomes very critical for the consumer representative groups and civil society organizations working for consumer rights.