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Informal Forum Summit (San Francisco, USA, 24-25 July 2003) Final Output Document
San Francisco, 23-25 July 2003

A. Summit Mission Statement
  1. Foster collaboration among represented organizations to increase the collective value of the multiple information and communication technologies that the Summit delegates represent.
  2. Coordinate efforts to establish a more accessible global network that enhances world-scale networking capabilities.
  3. Drive collective value by:
    a. Accelerating standardization
    b. Sharing best practices
    c. Leveraging economies
    d. Improving interoperability
B. Ongoing Cooperative Activities

The delegates agree to:
  1. Document existing policies and establish new policies and procedures (as needed) to exchange ideas, insights, best practices and benchmarks between their fora.
  2. Develop means for ongoing communication among the fora to increase connectivity, interoperability and the adaptability of networks while striving to improve network-related technologies.
  3. Deepen and expand the culture of cooperation through which delegates and their fora seek to coordinate, empower and advance their common interests.
  4. Provide a network of information or metadata on standards efforts and IPR policies and disclosures to diminish duplicative activities, eventually including a free and easily searchable system of shared databases.
  5. Provide a preliminary set of issues to consider regarding IPR policies, including trademarks, copyrights, and patents.
  6. Enhance the “ITU-T and Forums” web page so that it becomes a focal point for issues and contributions of vital relevance to fora, including a “high priority top 10” issues list.
  7. Standardize on “a subject line identifier” for communications between delegates, such as the prefix [IFS] to highlight inter-forum communications.
  8. Respond in a timely fashion to all e-mails identified with the designated subject prefix [IFS].
  9. Establish a facility for communication and tracking of issues between delegates, prioritized by interest level.
  10. Identify additional areas requiring cooperative activities.
  11. Participate in the development of generic ITU-T/Forum collaboration guidelines.
C. Example Areas of Interest to Look for Overlap and Synergies (in alphabetic order)
  • AAA++ (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting)
    • Verification, validation, certification, time stamping
    • Billing & Accounting
    • Common Messaging Capabilities (cross industry)
  • Adaptability aspects of standards development
  • Ad Hoc Networking
  • Always Best Connected
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • ATM / MPLS Interworking
    • Span multiple service providers
  • Augmented Reality
  • Common access – cellular (universal cell phone) single device usable anywhere in the world Convergence / Next Generation Networks
  • Digital Rights Management / Digital Goods and Services Distribution
  • Embedded Computing
  • End-to-end QoS – span multiple service providers
  • 4G
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Linguistic User Interface
    • Schema for translation
  • Location for Emergency Services
  • Metro Ethernet, Ethernet/MPLS Interworking, Ethernet over Transport
  • Operation and Business Support Systems (OSS/ BSS) Modularization
  • Security / Privacy
  • Sensor Nets / Sensor Webs
    • Encoding MetaData for
    • APIs
    • Homeland Security Application
  • Software Defined Radio (SDR) / Cognitive Radios
  • Telepresence
  • Ultra Wide Band (UWB)
  • Unified Services (wireless, land line, …) (composite delivered by different methods)
  • Web Services


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