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Sweden decides not to sign the ITRs!

Good news! Sweden has decided not to sign the ITRs (International Telecommunication Regulations) I’ve spoken about earlier. This would mean, at least to some extent, that the massive response to Google‘s and Fight for the Future‘s campaigns worked!

Today, I received an e-mail from Per G Andersson at the swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications, stating the following:

Swedish:

Internationella teleunionens konferens WCIT-12 i Dubai, Förenade Arabemiraten, avslutades fredagen den 14 december 2012. Sverige har beslutat att inte skriva på konferensens slutakter. Det innebär att Sverige inte godkänner det omförhandlade Internationella Telereglementet (ITR). It- och energiminister Anna-Karin Hatts kommentar till det ställningstagandet finns här:

http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/16659/a/205960

Bl.a. USA, Kanada, Japan och övriga EU-medlemsstater har beslutat att inte skriva på slutakterna vid konferensen. En översikt över de stater som skrivit på respektive inte skrivit på slutakterna finns här:

http://www.itu.int/osg/wcit-12/highlights/signatories.html

Vänliga hälsningar

Per G Andersson
Departementssekreterare
IT-politik
Näringsdepartementet

English:

The International Telecommunications Union’s conference WCIT-12 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, ended on friday the 14th of December 2012. Sweden has decided to not sign the conference’s final acts. This means that Sweden does not approve the renegotiated International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR). Deputy Director Anna-Karin Hatt of the Division of IT Policies has released the following statement:

http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/16659/a/205960

Among others, USA, Canada, Japan and other EU member states has also decided not to sign the final acts at the conference. An overview of the countries who has and hasn’t signed the final acts is available at:

http://www.itu.int/osg/wcit-12/highlights/signatories.html

Sincerely,

Per G Andersson
Desk Officer
Division of IT Policies
Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications

Further reading (in Swedish) is available at http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/16659/a/205960.

”A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. 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.”

To quote Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, from the Google Blog:

At the conclusion of the ITU meeting in Dubai on Friday, 89 countries signed the treaty, while 55 countries said they would not sign or that additional review was needed. We stand with the countries who refused to sign, and with the millions of you who have voiced your support for a free and open web.

Keep signing and show the world that the Internet belongs to us, the users!

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