ITU claims innocence about Internet in blue helmet

Posted on May 14, 2013  /  0 Comments

ITU Sec-GenITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré has delivered opening speech today at World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum (WTPF-13). At the middle of his address Dr. Touré dramatically picked up a blue helmet of the UN Peacekeeping soldiers and said,

And it is my pleasure to announce to you today … [pause] … that we are not taking over the Internet.

The UN peacekeepers, in their blue helmets, … [pause] … are not coming to take over the world’s IXPs.

The UN peacekeepers are not coming to take over the Internet’s critical resources – including the root servers and the DNS.

And my good friend Fadi Chehadé, the CEO of ICANN, can continue doing his good work over there – without me telling him what to do.

Seriously – we never intended to take over the Internet.

The Internet’s doing just fine!

Here is the full text of Dr Hamadoun I. Touré’s speech.

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