Internet freedom will not be curbed or controlled, the head of the UN telecommunications body, Hamadoun Toure, said as a meeting to review the 24-year-old telecom regulations kicked off Monday.
Such claims are “completely (unfounded),” Toure, secretary general of the International Telecommunication Union, told AFP.
“I find it a very cheap way of attacking” the conference, he said, as the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) set off in Dubai to review regulations reached in 1988.
Before the conference started Toure told the participants that the issue of internet freedom would not be touched in the conference.
“Nothing can stop the freedom of expression in the world today, and nothing in this conference will be about it,” he said.
“I have not mentioned anything about controlling the Internet.”
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon who addressed the forum’s opening by video underscored the importance of the meeting as a venue to enhance access to information and communication technology (ICT) across the globe.
“The overall objective is to ensure universal access to the benefits of information and communication technology, including the two thirds of the world’s population currently not online,” he said.
“We must continue to work together and find a consensus on how to most effectively keep cyberspace open, accessible, affordable and secure,” he said.