08 March, 2013

Press release: Luigi Gambardella, ETNO Executive Board Chair speech at BEYOND DUBAI. A NEW GLOBAL AGENDA FOR THE INTERNET workshop

Speaking today at the at a Alleanza per Internet Workshop in Rome entitled BEYOND DUBAI. A NEW GLOBAL AGENDA FOR THE INTERNET, Luigi Gambardella, ETNO Executive Board Chair, said:

“My very positive take-away from Dubai was that WCIT served to awaken the interest of many in the Internet governance landscape and the issues that arose as a result of the Treaty talks. This can only be a good thing – increased stakeholder participation, more voices, ideas and better awareness will help move this debate forward in a positive way. Addressing the outcome of Dubai, I think it is fair to say that we are all still in a process of digesting what happened and assessing the impact of the WCIT. Within Europe, much discussion is taking place, not only with the European Commission but also at national level.”

“In terms of moving forward, some of this debate will carry over to the ITU World Telecoms Policy Forum in May when Internet governance issues are clearly in scope. I would hope however that we can all come to that meeting with open minds and that every stakeholder has the opportunity to play a role in the debate – Governments, industry and civil society”, added Gambardella.

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