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may feel more encouraged to join in. Harmonizing would bring the ITU into areas that are not within its mandate”. One member wished to delete the bullet point on Harmonizing because the ITU does not have the expertise to be harmonizing legal systems around the world, or for that matter any area outside its field of expertise, e.g. incident response activities. This member drew attention to the fact that the organizational aspirations of the ITU are constrained by its mandate. Another member also wished to delete the bullet point on Harmonizing altogether. One member wished to insert at the end of 5.2.(d): “and within the areas of expertise” and wished to add after “mandate from Member States”, “and consistent with its Constitution and Convention and with the facilitating role for WSIS”. Another member wished to delete from 5.2.(d) “Its voice is heard and followed, its suggestions respected and mostly complied with”. 5.3. The ITU Secretary-General should initiate necessary activities, especially involving the many experts in the ITU sectors, combined with resources within the General Secretariat and the Bureau Directors and the many other cybersecurity-related bodies: 5.3.1. To facilitate the ITU becoming the global “centre of excellence” for the collection and distribution of timely telecommunications/ICT cybersecurity-related information – including a publicly available institutional ecosystem of sources - necessary to enhance cybersecurity capabilities worldwide; and 5.3.2. To encourage greater attention, involvement, and resources devoted to global collaborative forums – especially ITU’s own forums in the T, D and R Sectors – to advance and expand the development, availability and use of these capabilities. One member expressed concern that the Secretariat becoming the focal point for cybersecurity in the ITU could result in a “top-down” plan for cybersecurity, which ITU-T and ITU-D will be expected to implement. The work in the ITU-T and ITU-D has until now been based on a “bottom-up” approach.
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80 For example, in the ITU-T, work is driven by company contributions which are based on marketplace and industry needs and not by a plan. Similarly, in the ITU-D, the work program has been following the best practices developed by Member States and Sector Members in Q22. These best practices have been distilled from the experience of countries and sector members that have already developed and are implementing national cybersecurity plans, and also represent a “bottom-up’ approach. This bottom-up approach has proven to be very effective. One member proposed alternative text of: “the ITU Secretary-General should initiate necessary activities, especially involving the many experts in the ITU sectors, combined with resources from all Bureaux and the many other cybersecurity related bodies, with a continuing focus on the leadership of the ITU-D in capacity-building initiatives and programmes focused on the developing countries”.
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  • Spring '12
  • Kushal Kanwar
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