21 February 2019

The authoritarian assault on Internet freedom is on the move in Russia and India: Editorial Board Washington Post

For every step forward in the digital revolution comes a step back. Just last week, two retreats came in Russia and India. The potential value of the Internet, and its very freedom, is again shadowed by forces of authoritarianism and state control.

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12 February 2019

Russia considers 'unplugging' from internet BBC News

Russia is considering whether to disconnect from the global internet briefly, as part of a test of its cyber-defences.

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20 December 2018

The War-Torn Web: A once-unified online world has broken into new warring states. Foreign Policy

The global internet continues to fragment. Governments, in particular, are using their influence to shape the ways that digital companies, markets, and rights connect us online. This new form of realpolitik, which we call “digitalpolitik,” is an emerging tactical playbook for how governments use their political, regulatory, military, and commercial powers to project influence in global, digital markets.

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16 December 2018

Our Shared Digital Future Building an Inclusive, Trustworthy and Sustainable Digital Society World Economic Forum

Our Shared Digital Futures is a publication shaped by leaders from business, government, academia and civil society who collectively acknowledge the need for shared goals and coordinated action to shape an inclusive, sustainable, digital future.

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12 December 2018

Can China have difficult conversations about the internet? Brookings

Attending China’s World Internet Conference—China’s annual showcase for its vision of internet governance—was preceded by the irony of preparing to minimize connection to the internet. I took none of my usual devices. Instead, I rented a smartphone for a week and installed a minimal number of apps, including a virtual private network (VPN) service before leaving. I set up a temporary email account. I took a “thin client” office laptop with a secure VPN connector and nothing on its hard drive.

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It's time to strengthen global digital cooperation World Economic Forum

Digitalization transforms, pervades and affects all aspects of our social, economic and political lives. These impacts span a wide range of issues, which through digitalization become increasingly interconnected and interdependent. However, at the global level, these issues are addressed by institutions that were founded in the 19th and 20th centuries, and which are often incapable of ensuring effective cooperation between the relevant international actors.

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28 November 2018

German Hate Speech Legislation Receives Mixed Review At German Internet Governance Forum Intellectual Property Watch

Germany’s controversial hate speech legislation is working well, a representative of the German Ministry of Justice said during a panel on 27 November at the German national Internet Governance Forum in Berlin.

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China's 'responsive' authoritarianism by Maria Repnikova Washington Post

China is often described as ruthless and dystopian. Escalating censorship, intensified propaganda and the social credit system present a threatening new mode of Internet governance to the West, one where the freewheeling World Wide Web seems “captured” by the Chinese Communist Party.

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15 November 2018

Global cooperation and regulation key in addressing multilayered threats posed by new technology United Nations

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) concluded today with a consensus highlighting the importance of the rule of law and global cooperation to ensure a safe cyberspace. The three-day Forum, under the title ‘Internet of Trust, brought more than 3,000 participants from 143 countries together to confront issues ranging from cyber security to ethics, fake news and the spread of disinformation, hate speech, data as a cross-cutting issue, regulation of the internet and people’s rights online.

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14 November 2018

Consensus On The Application of Rule of Law and UN Charter to Make Cyberspace Safe United Nations

Increased global cooperation was a common thread in discussions around cyber security and online rights during the second day of the Internet Governance Forum now taking place in Paris. Stakeholders from government, private sector and civil society engaged in over seventy multilingual sessions taking place on issues relating to new technologies, both in person and online.

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13 November 2018

The Internet Is Splitting in Two Amid U.S.-China Spat Bloomberg

Western bigwigs were a no-show at China’s biggest web conference. But in their absence, the local overseers of the nation’s technology industry were only too happy to plug their unique vision for the global internet.

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Facebook will let French regulators study its efforts to fight hate speech Washington Post

Facebook will open its doors for French regulators to study its approach to combating hate speech online, marking the latest attempt by governments around the world to figure out new ways to thwart toxic, derogatory content from spreading on social media.

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11 November 2018

Internet Governance Forum Set to Explore Harnessing New Technologies for Broader Prosperity, 12-14 November United Nations

More than 3,000 participants — including high-level Government officials, civil society leaders, private sector and Internet policy experts — will gather in Paris, France, from 12-14 November to discuss international cooperation on such issues as “fake news”, the spread of disinformation, cybersecurity and privacy, big data, the Internet of Things, and their effects on society.

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08 November 2018

China's Xi calls for global cooperation to create 'fairer' internet Reuters

China’s President Xi Jinping called on Wednesday for greater global cooperation in developing the internet and make it more “fair and equitable”, as Beijing seeks to bolster its global role in shaping the web.

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23 October 2018

Cybersecurity and Fake News to Dominate List of Concerns at Internet Governance Forum United Nations

Facing growing concerns that the Internet is being used as a vehicle to sow division and discord around the world, more than 3,000 representatives from governments, the private sector, technology, and civil society will gather in Paris 12-14 November, 2018 at the annual Internet Governance Forum, to look at a range of actions that can be taken to ensure an “Internet of Trust.”

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30 September 2018

Push for Greater Control Over the Internet Coming Back Around Internet Society

A group of countries will likely try to resurrect old battles on international control of Internet in the coming months, during upcoming meetings related to Internet Governance, some experts say.

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23 September 2018

Former Google CEO predicts the internet will split in two - and one part will be led by China CSNBC

Eric Schmidt, who has been the CEO of Google and executive chairman of its parent company, Alphabet, predicts that within the next decade there will be two distinct internets: one led by the U.S. and the other by China.

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05 July 2018

Russia Can Launch Its Own Internet if Rift With West Escalates, Moscow Warns Newsweek

Russia is fully capable of launching its own “parallel internet” if its relationship with the West continues to deteriorate, a top diplomat in Moscow has said.

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29 June 2018

The Long View: Surveillance, the Internet, and Government Research LA Review of Books

We face a crisis of computing. The very devices that were supposed to augment our minds now harvest them for profit. How did we get here?

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How Europe Can Promote a Free and Open Internet Council on Foreign Relations

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker waits for guests at the start of an emergency European Union leaders summit in Brussels on June 24, 2018.

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13 February 2018

Cyberspace: A Manmade Sphere for Wars Modern Diplomacy

Internet can be considered as one of the greatest achievements of humanity of the last century, which connected the entire world. It created a new space for connections, information and communications, as well as cooperation. Thus, it created also a new platform for conflicts which involved not only individuals but also states. The invention of the twentieth century, the internet, has become another sphere for international relations, and a new space for defensive and offensive policies for regulating and balancing those affairs. The space called cyberspace has become a platform for interactions not only between individuals, but also between states. The interactions on their side were not only developed in a positive manner, but were also transformed into attacks, which pose a real threat to the security of states.

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09 February 2018

The global Internet requires a global, collaborative approach to Internet Governance by Sally Shipman Wentworth & Larry Strickling Internet Society

Now more then ever, the Internet Society believes in the need to preserve the values of openness, inclusiveness and transparency that have always been at the heart of the Internet. A coherent global governance model for the global Internet that includes everyone is key to achieving this vision. But how can we get more governments to embrace the kind of collaborative governance that has shaped the Internet we know and use today? How can we improve and expand the model so that it becomes more widely adopted around the world? How can YOU help that to happen?

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01 February 2018

If governments can't make nice on the Internet, they'll endanger all of us by Douglas Frantz, former OECD deputy secretary general Washington Post

The battle over net neutrality is rightfully capturing headlines in Washington and worldwide. Far less attention is being paid, however, to a looming threat that could have an even greater impact on the future: The Internet has outstripped the ability of governments to keep up. On issues as diverse as hate speech, espionage and copyright infringement, governments fear a loss of sovereignty in a fast-moving digital world. On taxation and privacy rights, Government 1.0 can’t stay abreast of Technology 4.0.

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18 January 2018

Russia moves toward creation of an independent internet Deutsche Welle

Freedom on the internet has diminished over the years in Russia: people go to jail for posts on social media, there's a ban on VPN services and expanded data storage is hard to come by. And recent moves by the Russian government indicate that further developments are yet to come.

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22 December 2017

Online, but can't ditch paper? You may be future-proofing yourself Reuters

You’re on the web, you’re in the cloud. But don’t neglect good old-fashioned paper. That’s the advice from internet pioneer Vint Cerf, who is afraid that all our digital memories could be lost as technology moves on.

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