Sunday, January 12, 2014

Working Group proposes alternative internet

A council working group of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) has proposed some requirements for improvement of the existing Internet, as alternative to having an all-inclusive innovative internet, reports ITRealms.

A joint contribution made to the group by Saudi Arabia and Syria available to ITRealms stated that the proposals apply to a new, alternate internet to support development of the technology, protocols, and governance required for a new, alternate internet optimized for international applications and for WSIS principles, including innovation, competition, and investment.

To prepare guidelines, the group said, from the perspective of Internet-related public policy issues, regarding those characteristics require a new, alternate internet.

And to leverage on the experience and expertise of the ITU and to recommend that the ITU leads the coordination effort on development activities of a new, alternate internet.

In addition, ITRealms reports that instructing the ITU Secretariat to study those activities already underway in support of a new, alternate internet, both within and exterior to the ITU, and provide a summary of those activities.

Further, ITRealms gathered from the working group position is to establish a coordinated effort among ITU-T, ITU-D, and relevant UN organizations regarding international agreements and treaties required for a new, alternate internet optimized for international applications.

Experts argued that the memo from the group dated 2009 may have been overtaken by events although its important to revisit consistently the issue of alternative internet.

Ayo Omidele/GEE
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