The International Telecommunication Union, the UN specialised agency that coordinates the global ICT industry has announced a key initiative to combat the problem of counterfeit technology products that undermine delivery of top quality services.
Under the plan, ITU says it will host high-level talks at its headquarters in Geneva from November 17-18, 2014 to improve global coordination in the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) as part of strategies to combat counterfeit and substandard ICT devices.
The session titled ‘Combating counterfeit and substandard ICT devices,’ will take stock of the global challenges posed by counterfeit and substandard ICT products and the role to be taken up by ITU in response.
Leading experts from the ICT industry, governments, regulatory authorities, international organizations and standards bodies will participate, according to the United Nations specialised agency for ICT.
The event is expected to examine the role of ICT innovations such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Identity Management and the Internet of Things in tracing counterfeit goods and identifying their origins. ITU invites inputs from the public on the subject of discussion till November 3.
“Consumers rely on brand names and international standards to provide an assurance of quality, and this assurance is relevant to consumers in developed and developing countries alike,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré.
“Counterfeit and substandard ICT products demand international action. Such products raise the risk of network disruptions and interoperability challenges that result in poor quality of service, with potentially dire consequences in emergency situations. They also pose major risks to consumers’ health and safety and that of our environment, especially related to the disposal of e-waste from such products.”
“Counterfeiting is a complex challenge in need of a dynamic response in the public interest,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “ITU’s move to assist the global response to the counterfeiting challenge addressing the specificities of the ICT sector is a welcome development, to which WIPO is pleased to contribute.”