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8 December 2012

Friday December 7th

After a week of various meetings in Dubai, working groups will be continuing tonight and through the weekend. The issues are currently divided up amongst multiple ad hoc groups, informal groups and the two main working groups which has created some confusion about how to address issues that are, by definition, overlapping. As issues are discussed, areas where there is not consensus get [bracketed] and moved up to the next level of meeting.

Friday afternoon's plenary session was a fairly difficult discussion among Member States who aired concerns that not enough progress was being made. A compromise position from a number of countries or possibly regions was referenced in the plenary meeting. This raised concerns by other delegations that a new submission should not be introduced at such a late stage. Since we haven't seen the treaty text yet and so we don't know how it will impact the discussions.

You can watch the webcast of the plenary session here: http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/webcast.aspx

Working group and ad hoc meetings will continue all weekend on topics related to routing, cybersecurity, accounting rates, interconnection agreements, special arrangements, etc. The issues related to the scope of the ITRs, including explicit references to the Internet, remain unresolved.

Finally, the ITU site went down on Wednesday evening and there is a possibility of further attacks this weekend. ISOC has made a statement about this issue that may be found here: http://www.internetsociety.org/ituweb. Though we still have considerable concerns about this conference and the potential impact of treaty proposals on the Internet, we also recognize that steps forward in terms of participation have been made including the webcast, transcripts and ITU reporting.

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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