Saturday, November 13, 2004

Not to fear! The United Nations is here!

Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today the establishment of the Working Group on Internet Governance. The Working Group will prepare the ground for a decision on this issue by the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, to be held in Tunis in November 2005.

The Secretary-General was requested to establish a working group on Internet governance by the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society held in Geneva in December 2003. The task of this Working Group is to organize an open dialogue on Internet Governance, among all stakeholders, and to bring recommendations on this subject to the second phase of the Summit.

The two documents adopted by the Geneva Summit -- the Declaration of Principles and the Plan of Action -- asked the Working Group “to investigate and make proposals for action, as appropriate, on the governance of the Internet by 2005”.
The obvious proposal is that they STFU and find somewhere else to play, but then they couldn't pad their expense accounts.

By the way, check out the web site for the Tunis Summit. They're asking for donations and selling souvenir books:
Relive key moments of the WSIS Geneva Summit and its preparatory process.
Sheesh - it's pr0n for bureaucrats.