Hands off the Internet!

Johannesburg, 12 Nov 2012

Computer Society South Africa (CSSA) joins many other concerned organisations around the world in expressing its dissatisfaction with the process and likely outcome of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), which will take place in Dubai from 3 to 14 December 2012.

In particular, CSSA highlights the proposed changes to the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which will effect fundamental changes in the way the Internet operates, to the detriment of the future of the Internet and of its contribution to developing economies and freedom of information.

CSSA shares the views of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA), in that:

* The content of the proposed ITRs has not been widely available for comment
* There is no evidence to support the proposals
* The ITU processes are restrictive, limiting stakeholder participation

The Internet Society echoes these views, stating that the proposals would:

* Create a new model for Internet connection
* Adversely impact Internet naming, numbering and addressing
* Extend regulatory authority to new areas, applying ITRs to the Internet and Internet providers

The Internet has revolutionised the lives of billions of people by giving them access to information and the ability to communicate freely with each other. The model that enabled this revolution must not be tampered with.

CSSA urges the South African government representatives who will attend the WCIT and all other delegates to the Conference to reject the proposed changes to the ITRs. Internet governance has been open, transparent and inclusive - this cannot be allowed to change.

Contact: Tony Parry, Executive Director, CSSA (011) 315 1319



Computer Society South Africa is a non-profit organisation, representing the interests of its members and aspiring members, who are practitioners in the field of information technology and related disciplines. CSSA is a recognised professional body and a member of the International Federation for Information Processing and the International Professional Practice Partnership.

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