In my last update on WCIT, I noted that due to pressure generated by WCITLeaks, the Secretary-General of the ITU promised to make a recommendation to the ITU’s Council to open up access to WCIT preparatory documents. Here is what has happened since then:
- Secretary-General Touré indeed made his recommendation to the Council.
- The Council responded by releasing a single document, TD-64, which has already been on WCITLeaks for weeks. Indeed, it was the first document we posted.
- The ITU issued a press release declaring this to be a “landmark decision.”
As I told Talking Points Memo, I am not impressed by the ITU’s landmark decision. In fact, I am more convinced than ever that the ITU is too out of touch to be trusted with any role in Internet governance.
Consider these quotes from Secretary-General Touré at May’s WSIS Forum, highlighted by Bill Smith at CircleID:
- “The ITU is as transparent as organizations are.”
- “The transparency of the ITU is not something that you can question.”
- “We don’t really have too much to learn from anybody about multi-stakeholderism because we almost invented it.”
If you would like to see first-hand how transparent the ITU is, you can visit its site and download TD-64, the “draft of the future ITRs.” Then go to WCITLeaks.org to read all the other documents it wants to keep from you.