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      THE INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION AT THE CROSSROADS

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            The authors were members of the Advisory Group of Experts on Telecommunications Policy whose report helped prepare for the Plenipotentiary Conference of the ITU in Nice in June this year. This paper is based on the Group's report. It discusses the role of the ITU in the organisation of the world's telecommunications systems and suggests what changes will be required if the ITU is to be as influential in future telecommunications developments as it has been in the past. Particular attention is paid to the importance of information and computing technologies in modern telecommunications. While the ITU has begun to bridge the gulf between developed and developing countries in their approach to telecommunications, continuing insistence on secrecy in its deliberations may be an indication that the ITU has not yet come to terms with the difficulties it faces.

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            cpro20
            CPRO
            Prometheus
            Critical Studies in Innovation
            Pluto Journals
            0810-9028
            1470-1030
            December 1989
            : 7
            : 2
            : 254-272
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            8629073 Prometheus, Vol. 7, No. 2, 1989: pp. 254–272
            10.1080/08109028908629073
            a00a655a-e7fb-4a60-81dd-7bb878c868b0
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            Figures: 0, Tables: 0, References: 10, Pages: 19
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            Computer science,Arts,Social & Behavioral Sciences,Law,History,Economics
            networks,telecommunications services,telecommunications policy,International Telecommunications Union,telecommunications

            NOTES AND REFERENCES

            1. William Melody H.. ‘Examining the implications of changing information and communication structures: the UK PICT’. . Prometheus . , Vol. 5((2))221––36. .

            2. William Melody H.. 1986. . “‘Telecommunication: policy directions for the technology and information services’. ”. In Oxford Surveys in Information Technology . , Vol. Vol. 3. , p. 77––106. . Oxford : : Oxford University Press. .

            3. The Changing Telecommunication Environment: Policy Considerations for the Members of the ITU, report of the Advisory Group on Telecommunications Policy, ITU, Geneva, 1989. See also Reforming the Global Network: The 1989 Plenipotentiary Conference, International Institute of Communications, London, 1989.

            4. The Missing Link, report of the Independent International Commission for World-Wide Telecommunications Development (Maitland Commission), ITU, Geneva, 1984.

            5. Telecommunication Regulations, ITU, Final Acts, Article 2, Definitions, Melbourne, 1988. See also G. R. Pipe, ‘WATTC regulations benefit international providers and users’, Transnational Data and Communications Report, January 1988; and W. J. Drake, ‘WATTC-88’, Telecommunications Policy, 12, 3, 1988, pp. 217–33.

            6. See G. Codding and A. Rutkowski, The International Telecommunication Union in a Changing World, Dedham, MA, 1982. See also, International Telecommunication Convention (Nairobi, 1982), ITU, Geneva, 1982.

            7. Aronson J. D. and Cowhey P. F.. 1988. . When Countries Talk: International Trade in Telecommunications Services . , Cambridge , MA : : Ballinger. .

            8. Robin Mansell, Telecommunication/Network-based Services: Policy Implications, ICCP Report No. 18, OECD, Paris, 1989.

            9. William Melody H. and Robin Mansell. . 1986. . Information and Communication Technologies: Social Science Research and Training . , London : : Economic and Social Research Council. .

            10. Näslund R.. 1983. . ‘ITU Conference in Nairobi: confrontation or mutual understanding?’. . Telecommunications Policy . , Vol. 7((2)): 100––10. .

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