ITU Plenipotentiary Conference Looks at IPv4 to IPv6 Transition
IP addressing issues and the ITU's role in Internet governance issues discussed during conference.
Author Sam Dickinson reports on the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-10) and his role as a limited Sector Member observer. One of the main resolutions of particular relevance to Internet management, was facilitating the transition from IPv4 to IPv6. In his article on Circle ID, Dickinson explains that the intergovernmental ITU has developed a wide body of rules and procedures to help its Member Statesmany of which have widely varying political, economic and telecommunication needsdevelop and decide on international telecommunications standards and agreements.
"The Internet community cannot directly influence how the ITU functions. However, the community can continue its existing work: ensuring the Internet continues to run and building capacity in developing economies and less technical stakeholder groups. The Internet community has long recognized and worked with government as one of the Internet's stakeholder groups. In our capacity as Internet technical experts, we can assist this important stakeholder group to gain the knowledge needed to fully understand how its activities can either help or hinder both the Internetwithin sovereign borders, as well as globallyand the economic and social systems that increasingly rely on the Internet. "