Earlier this week, we wrote about how the ITU had secretly approved
a standard for deep packet inspection behind closed doors. This was troubling on a number of different levels, including the idea that they're even trying to standardize such a thing, and that they're doing so in secret. However, after the news came out, Asher Wolf
decided to tweet a simple question
, asking if anyone had access to documents about the DPI standard. And a funny thing happened:
Toby Johnson, a PR/communications guy for the ITU, responded and offered to send the documents. Which he did. And then, five hours later, after Asher had spoken about them publicly and sent them around to a bunch of journalists, she got an email saying
that the documents were for her eyes only, and not to publish or share them "in part or in whole."
Yes, the ITU is so incompetent that they can't even do secrecy
Richard Chirgwin has a pretty good rundown on how ridiculous
the DPI standard is, but perhaps more bizarre, as Wolf points out, the documents show that the ITU didn't think it was worth studying the impact of such a standard before implementing one -- which would suggest (yet again) that the ITU appears to go about things backwards.