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WCIT-2012 in Dubai: Will Russia Change the Global Internet Governance?
MOSCOW, DECEMBER 12, 2012. PIR PRESS – «Taking into consideration current peculiarities of Chinese architecture of the Global Net, the whole problematique of the Dubai conference could easily turn out to be irrelevant for Beijing. The country already copes with successful development of national internet segment without any influence by the ITU and with gradually decreasing impact by ICANN. Thus, it’s quite premature to regard China by default as a mighty ally of Russia when it comes to transforming the global architecture of the internet” – Michael Yakushev, Chair of PIR Center Executive Board.
On November 29, 2012 PIR Center held an informal seminar within the framework of Midweek Brainstorming sessions on the ITU World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT-12) in Dubai and the future of global internet governance.
The future global architecture of internet and further directions of its transformation depends to a significant extent on the outcomes of the WCIT-12 in Dubai. The issues brought up for discussion directly affect both the international community generally and the national interests of the Russian Federation in particular. Russia and its partners actively propagate a reform of the existing internet governance system which if implemented would have dramatic political and economic consequences in a global scale. Proposals brought up by Russia to the Dubai conference imply redistribution in favor of the ITU (as a specialized UN agency) a significant part of powers and functions which are now exercised by a set of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations responsible for elaboration of the internet standards (RFC) and regulation of the global domain name space. These initiatives aroused both outstanding interest and very serious criticism from among international community and from many foreign governments.
The aim of the Midweek Brainstorming was to analyze Russia’s national interests in the field of global internet governance and to assess different approaches towards transformation of global network architecture and also its potential options in regard to the WCIT-12 conference in Dubai. The seminar was attended by a number of leading Russian and foreign experts in the sphere of global internet governance and cybersecurity including Deputy Director General at Group-IB Sergey Grudinov, by Resident Legal Advisor at the Embassy of the United States to the Russian Federation Luke Dembosky, Head of the Strategic Developments Department of the Russian Association of Electronic Communications Irina Levova, Deputy Director of the Coordination Center for Top-Level Domain (CC TLD) .RU Andrey Romanov, Head of Government Affairs at CC TLD .RU Leonid Todorov, Legal Advisor at the Embassy of the United States to the Russian Federation Alexander Trepykhanov, Chair of PIR Center Executive Board Michael Yakushev and others.
At the seminar its participants highlighted organizational, technical, legal, political and diplomatic aspects of the Russian policy in the field of reforming the global internet architecture. A specific attention was paid to the issue of international support of Russia’s initiatives. As Michael Yakushev mentioned, “most often expectations of success of Russia’s proposals are based on the factor of China which is said to be their strategic and principal proponent. However, this picture doesn’t necessarily corresponds to reality. First, China never aimed to present or promote its own national approach towards these issues through political statements or international initiatives. Moreover, taking into consideration current peculiarities of Chinese architecture of the Global Net, the whole problematique of the Dubai conference could easily turn out to be irrelevant for Beijing. The country already copes with successful development of national internet segment without any influence by the ITU and with gradually decreasing impact by ICANN. Thus, it’s quite premature to regard China by default as a mighty ally of Russia when it comes to transforming the global architecture of the internet”.
PIR Center pays much attention to the issues of information and communication technologies in the context of global security within the framework of is project «International Information Security and Global Internet Governance». The issues of transformation of the global network architecture in the context of Russia’s national interests are in the focus of expert analysis in the thematic issue of PIR Center’s Security Index journal (Russian edition) No. 1 (104) 2013 which is completely dedicated to the problems of global security in a digital age. Selected articles of the issue will be disseminated through our website and e-newsletters. Readers of the journal will receive the issue on the New Year eve.
For all questions related to the International Information Security and Global Internet Governance project please contact Project Coordinator Oleg Demidov by phone: +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax: +7 (495) 987-19-14 or e-mail: demidov at pircenter.org .