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WCIT: What It Is. Why It Matters.

What is the WCIT?

The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) is a global treaty conference hosted by the International Telecommunication Union where the national governments will be coming together to discuss and modify the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs). The ITRs are part of a treaty framework that establishes general principles to guide the governance and operation of international telecommunication. You can find the Internet Society background paper on the ITRs here.

Why It Matters

The Internet Society believes that decisions made by governments at WCIT could redefine both how we use the Internet and how it's goverened.  Modifications to the ITRs could result in changes to the Internet’s architecture, operations, content and security.  The issues that the WCIT will consider are listed on the right side of this page.  These pages will help you learn about the Internet Society's views on the ITRs and help you understand the issues and how to get involved in the process.

We will continue to update this page with information and education resources to everyone make informed choices about the future of your Internet.

Essential Reading

Find a wealth of WCIT related documents and background information.

 
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