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Today Google announced a new initiative to support an open and free Internet called “Take Action.”

According to Google, there is a growing backlash on Internet freedom. Forty-two countries filter and censor content. In just the last two years, governments have enacted 19 new laws threatening online free expression.

“Governments alone, working behind closed doors, should not direct its future. The billions of people around the globe who use the Internet should have a voice,” quoth Google, which is using its marketing muscle to get the message out.

ITU press spokeswoman Sarah Parkes dismissed any suggestion that the meeting would stifle internet freedom. She told The Register that Google could have participated as an IT member in the meeting but had chosen not to do so.

According to The Hill, Google has four representatives on the 95-person delegation representing the United States at the conference — more than any other company.

Terry Kramer (above) is the head of the U.S. delegation to the ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). Representatives from Verizon, AT&T, Cisco, Microsoft, Intel and Facebook are also on the delegation. They will join officials from the State Department and other agencies, a group of of telecommunications attorneys from Wiley Rein and representatives from advocacy groups and trade organizations.

This October, ITU participants met in Dubai and included Heads of State, government ministers, corporate CEOs, heads of international agencies, consultants and academics. Further ITU conferences will be held in Dubai this November and December.

On Friday, CNET was first to report on of a secret proposal to transfer Internet governance to the U.N.. The Russian Federation has now revised its plan, toning down the language but not the thrust of the document, reports Larry Downes of C/Net.

The revised proposal still calls on the UN to help member states seize control of key Internet engineering assets, including domain names, addresses and numbering.

Both the original proposal (PDF) and Saturday’s revised version (PDF) have now been posted on WCITLeaks, a Web site operated by researchers at George Mason University.

The original proposal, which leaked out of secret negotiations leading up to the World Conference on International Telecommunications taking place in Dubai. WCIT will update a 1988 treaty dealing with international telecommunications.

The World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly is being held in the Dubai Convention Centre, 20-29 November 2012. It’s held every four years and defines the next period of study for ITU-T.

Preparations for WTSA-12 have taken place throughout 2012, notably in regional preparatory meetings. The Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) represents a united North and South America viewpoint on telecommunications at the ITU for Region 2 (where possible).

Together, they will help formulate International Telecommunications Regulations in Dubai this December.

ITU Telecom World 2012 has video on demanddaily highlights and session summaries, executive interviews and vox pops. Engage with the issues and continue the conversation on YourSpace, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) divides the world into three ITU regions (Google Map). Each region has its own set of frequency allocations.

  • Region 1 comprises Europe, Africa, the Middle East west of the Persian Gulf including Iraq, the former Soviet Union and Mongolia.
  • Region 2 covers the Americas, Greenland and some of the eastern Pacific Islands.
  • Region 3 contains most of non-former-Soviet-Union Asia, east of and including Iran, and most of Oceania.

The U.S. was largely successful in achieving new mobile broadband spectrum at WRC-12 back in January, says the NTIA which represents the spectrum-related interests of the United States. One of the objectives at WRC-15 is to harmonize new spectrum globally.

Related Dailywireless articles include; WRC-12 Begins, 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference, World Radio Conference Wrap (2007), World Radio Conference Wrap (2007), WRC Wraps Up (2003), EU: Global LTE Roaming at 1.8 GHz ,

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