[ccwg-internet-governance] Open consultation for ITU CWG-I

Nigel Hickson nigel.hickson at icann.org
Thu Aug 3 14:04:54 UTC 2017




Good afternoon.  At the ITU Council in June there was an agreement to go ahead with the two consultations (which the Working Group had been unable to agree on). 


Thus, the next open consultation for the ITU Council Working Group on Internet (CWG-I) is now open.   The deadline for submitting a contribution is August 19 and the open consultation will be in Geneva on September 18.  


The next open consultation, which will be held late January/early February will be “bridging the gender divide. 




The questions asked for the OTT Topic are: 


Public Policy considerations for OTTs


"Considering the rapid development of information and communications technology (ICT) which led to the advent of Internet-based services commonly known as "over-the-top" (hereafter: OTT), all stakeholders are invited to submit their inputs on the following key aspects from policy perspective:


1. What are the opportunities and implications associated with OTT?

2. What are the policy and regulatory matters associated with OTT?

3. How do the OTT players and other stakeholders offering app services contribute in aspects related to security, safety and privacy of the consumer? 

4. What approaches might be considered regarding OTT to help the creation of environment in which all stakeholders are able to prosper and thrive?

5. How can OTT players and operators best cooperate at local and international level? Are there model partnership agreements that could be developed?"


Given the breadth of what are considered (in this context) to be “Internet based Services” we are minded to briefly contribute to this consultation noting the importance of ensuring that any policy, or even regulatory approaches, maintain the openness and singularity of the Internet.  

Would, as ever, be grateful for any inputs to any (or all) of these questions by 16th August. 




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