ladies and gentlemen…
It is my honour to address you today as
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Society, a
Sector Member of the both the ITU-D and the ITU-T, and a member
of the WTPF Informal Expert Group.
The Internet Society is an independent, international,
nonprofit organization. It was founded in 1992 to provide
leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy.
The Internet Society is uniquely positioned to provide
technically-sound, unbiased information and education. It
facilitates and coordinates Internet-related initiatives around
the world. And it is the organizational home for the Internet
standards development organizations, the IETF, IAB, and IRTF.
As a member of the Informal Expert Group, we were pleased to
submit comments on the Secretary General’s Report, and on the
Opinions that are presented in its annexes. As time is short, I
will not review all of our comments.
However, in the context of this Forum’s broad, challenging
agenda, which requires solid understanding of the Internet’s
technical, development, and management functions, I would like
to stress several points:
- the value of continued multi-stakeholder dialogue
- the importance of factual and technical inputs for
constructive and informed discussion, and
- the importance of collaborative relationships with the
existing Internet management and development organizations,
without duplicating their established functions and
In that context, we were pleased to also submit information
documents on “The Internet Ecosystem”, “Preserving the User
Centric Internet”, “IPv6 Address Allocation”, “The Internet and
Standards”, and “NGN and the Internet”. These documents are
available in five languages and we hope that these documents
will promote understanding of these key points in the
discussions that unfold this week.
The Internet Society takes note of the Opinions that now form
a part of the Secretary-General’s Report to the WTPF and we look
forward to the opportunity to engage in fuller discussion over
the course of this week.
As a general comment, we must stress the importance of
respecting and protecting the Internet model which continues to
underpin the Internet’s contribution to innovation and
The Internet Model is based on widely supported, key
architectural principles, which enable the global deployment of
innovative applications and services. Furthermore, open and
transparent processes for technical development, policy
development, and operational management are proven to work, and
are necessary for the Internet’s success.
The genius of the Internet stems from its decentralized
architecture, which allows users to choose – or create – the
hardware, software, and services that best meet their needs.
Thus, the opportunities and advantages of increasingly
converged services arise specifically from the Internet’s
intrinsic design principles and development model, which
together create a vibrant environment of innovation and
Likewise, modern NGNs can be developed and deployed on the
existing Internet because of visionary architectural decisions
made literally decades ago. Indeed, today’s NGNs will become
tomorrow’s legacy networks, replaced by new applications running
on the Internet, which was designed to support as yet unknown
Mr Chairman, the final session on the agenda includes
discussion of the International Telecommunication Regulations.
In any such discussions regarding the ITRs, it is vital to
understand and recognise the importance of the Internet’s
design, operations, and development principles. And it is
equally vital to engage collaboratively with the
well-established forums and organizations that comprise the
Ladies and gentlemen, we gather here this week in a
challenging economic climate. At such a time, it is vital to
preserve an environment that is proven to work; an environment
that clearly enables the emergence of innovative solutions. The
lessons of the past teach us that in that environment, Internet
applications and development thrive, in turn spurring economic
and social development and contributing to all facets of human
We are pleased to participate in these discussions, and we
encourage the ITU to expand the opportunity for all interested
stakeholders to participate in its conferences. Broadening
participation, beyond Member States and Sector Members, to
include Civil Society, the Internet community, and the research
community will enrich and better inform discussions.
We strongly believe in developing appropriate
multi-stakeholder forums that involve knowledgeable, interested,
and capable people in building on the strength of the Internet
as a vital tool for communication and innovation.
Finally, we thank Portugal, for hosting this event and providing
the warm hospitality and excellent facilities which encourage
participation from all stakeholders.