July 27, 2012

On Wednesday, August 1, 2012, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) will host Ambassador Terry Kramer, recently named head of the U.S. delegation to the ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). 

WCIT will be held by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 3-14, 2012.  The delegates to this inter-governmental conference will consider of a number of proposals to update the ITU’s treaty-level International Telecommunications Regulations.  Preliminary proposals by some other governments could expand regulatory oversight of the Internet — a move ITI strongly opposes and one that has sparked bipartisan Congressional resolutions rejecting such a change.  Proposals of concern anticipated at the ITU conference range from establishment of an “information security” regime that could be used to justify greater Internet censorship and tracking, the regulation of rates for the exchange of Internet traffic that could be used by countries for competitive advantage, and making ITU standards mandatory for all Member States -- a move that would undermine the voluntary, consensus-based standards system that has helped to fuel technology innovation around the globe.

The on-the-record roundtable discussion and question-and-answer session will be the first such public appearance by Ambassador Kramer since his selection as head of the U.S. WCIT delegation in June 2012. 

WHO:  Ambassador Terry Kramer, U.S. Head of Delegation for the World Conference on International Telecommunications; Dean C. Garfield, President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council; and representatives from leading information and communications technology companies

WHAT:  Roundtable discussion and question-and-answer session focused on proposals to shift regulatory control of the Internet from its open structure to the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union

WHEN:  Wednesday, August, 1, 2012, at 10 a.m.

WHERE:  The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), 1101 K Street NW, Suite 610 (Corner of 12th and K Streets, NW), Washington, D.C.  20005

MEDIA CONTACTS:  Meghan Fletcher, ITI, 202-524-4389, mfletcher@itic.org or John Alden, U.S. WCIT Delegation, 703-516-3024, ja@ftidc.com

MEDIA RSVP:  To ensure media space, please RSVP here.

About Ambassador Terry Kramer

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced Terry Kramer as U.S. Head of Delegation for the World Conference on International Telecommunications 2012 (WCIT-12), which is being held by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).  Mr. Kramer will be accorded the personal rank of ambassador by President Obama to serve in this role.  

Ambassador Kramer has a 25-year career in international telecommunications.  For 18 of those 25 years, he worked for Vodafone Group Plc/AirTouch Communications in a variety of roles, domestically and internationally.  He has also spent several years leading and advising small, growing technology companies, serving as CEO at QComm International and as a board member of Fiber Tower, 724 Solutions, and Sonim Technologies. 

In addition, Ambassador Kramer is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Harvard Business School and a lecturer and faculty advisor in the Global Access Program at UCLA's Anderson School of Business.  He also sits on the Boards of Envivio Corp., the Harvard Business School California Research Center, UCLA's Economics Department, the World Affairs Council of Northern California and Larkin Street Youth Center.  

Ambassador Kramer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Harvard University.

About ITI

The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) is the premier advocacy and policy organization for the world’s leading innovation companies.  ITI navigates the constantly changing relationships between policymakers, companies, and non-governmental organizations, providing creative solutions that advance the development and use of technology around the world.  We develop first-rate advocacy strategies and market-specific approaches.  And we deliver results.  Visit itic.org to learn more.