/. ITU Approves Deep Packet Inspection

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Wed Dec 5 23:14:40 UTC 2012


On Dec 5, 2012, at 15:07 , Tom Taylor <tom.taylor.stds at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 05/12/2012 2:11 PM, Jeroen Massar wrote:
>> On 2012-12-05 14:01, Tom Taylor wrote:
>>> I'm seriously not clear why Y.2770 is characterized as "negotiated
>>> behind closed doors". Any drafts were available to all participants in
>>> the ITU-T, on exactly the same terms as drafts of other Recommendations.
>>> As an example, the draft coming out of the October, 2011 meeting can be
>>> seen at http://www.itu.int/md/T09-SG13-111010-TD-WP4-0201/en. (I have
>>> access delegated by a vendor to whom I have been consulting, by virtue
>>> of their membership in the ITU-T.)
>> 
>> So, how exactly can most people on for instance this list access that
>> URL? You yourself would not be able to access it where it not that you
>> found some loophole setup.
>> 
> ...
> Agreed that the ITU-T is a membership organization, but the Questions and Study Group work programs are open to view (Q. 17/13 specifically covers DPI, and has more documents coming down the pipe). If you want to follow some Question you can probably get access through your government (State Dept. in the US, Dept. of Communications in Canada). The membership rules don't apply so stringently to Rapporteurs' meetings, so you can get in touch with the Rapporteur of a Question you are interested in and find out where to get copies of documents contributed into those meetings.
> 
> All this is by the by -- you are more likely to be affected by the IETF than by anything coming out of the ITU-T.

I am affected by ITU-T every day.

I use telephones.
I am a Ham radio operator.
I am a pilot.
I use international digital circuits.

All of these things are affected by ITU-T.

Yes, anyone willing to expend enough effort and/or resources can get behind many of the closed doors for a non-participatory role in ITU process. To become participatory, you must be a government or invited by a government as part of their delegation.

Contrasting this to the openness of the IETF, ICANN, and the RIRs, I think there is a pretty strong case to be made that the ITU is a closed-door process by comparison.

Owen




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