Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Russia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote international norms and principles for the internet environment on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Room 3117, Faculty of Social and Political Science Building, Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung, Indonesia. Both sides agreed to improve the internet governance that is open, democratic, and free from unilateral influences. The MoU was meant to provide a legal framework for cooperation that will be done by both sides in the field of information and communication sphere. Both sides also want to establish a continuous partnership in the information sphere.
This MoU was established because the internet governance is sometimes still being influenced by unilateral decision and dominated by certain entities without considering the concerns of another international actors. Russia believed that internet governance is an international thing that should be managed by international body, in this case ITU as the organization under the United Nations.
Russia and ITU have already had a close relationship, as Russia was one of the founding members of ITU. In other words, ITU is the closest partner from international organization. Both sides hope that they would contribute more to information sphere, and ITU also hopes that their suggestion can be accepted well by Russia. Both sides also hope that with the cooperation, internet governance can be more neutral and the role of ITU can be upgraded in the future.