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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21 December 2017

U.N. freedom of speech expert concerned about net neutrality Reuters

The U.N.’s freedom of speech expert said on Wednesday he was concerned about the ramifications of a decision in the United States to roll back net neutrality, since it could lead to small and independent voices being drowned out on the web.

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19 December 2017

Internet giants told: Accept cyber curbs to be welcome in China Reuters

Google and Facebook will have to accept China’s censorship and tough online laws if they want access to its 751 million internet users, Chinese regulators told a conference in Geneva on Monday.

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UN chief highlights need for Internet governance to support innovation, prevent criminal use United Nations

Adequate governance is critical to realizing the vast promise of the Internet for a better world for all, Secretary-General António Guterres told the annual United Nations forum on Internet governance on Monday.

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05 December 2017

One Belt, One Road: China heralds 'Digital Silk Road'; foresees internet-era power shift soon ABC News

In an eastern Chinese town not too far from Shanghai, cybertechnology leaders and government officials from around the world gathered this week to discuss the future of the global digital economy.

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US, China experts differ on Net governance Straits Times

The way to set rules and norms for the Internet continues to divide China and the United States, with their experts no closer to finding consensus on core issues.

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06 August 2017

Country rules: the 'splinternet' may be the future of the web The Conversation

Both The Economist and WIRED are worried about the “splinternet”. The UK research organisation NESTA thinks it could “break up” the world wide web as we know it. What is this awkwardly named idea? It’s the concept that someone’s experience of the internet in Turkey, for example, is increasingly different from their experience of the internet in Australia.

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24 June 2017

Designing Digital Freedom: A Human Rights Agenda for Internet Governance Centre for International Governance Innovation

Despite the worldwide description of cyberspace as “a free and open Internet,” the global record of human rights online has not been commendable. Recent years have brought to light the mass surveillance practices of many governments. Other government interventions block Internet access for citizens. Censorship practices have become efficient and effective. Harassment of female bloggers has remained a constant problem. Cyber security is now a precursor for basic human rights when an outage or a hack of a car or an industrial control system creates human security and safety issues. Another complexity is that digital infrastructures, systems and institutions mediating human rights cross borders in ways that create jurisdictional complexity and contradictions.

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09 May 2017

Mapping the Digital Frontiers of Trade and Intellectual Property Global Commission on Internet Governance

One of the most powerful and consequential intersections between the multi-trillion-dollar digital economy and Internet governance revolves around intellectual property (IP). The digitization of major industries — music, movies, games, journalism — has created unprecedented IP challenges. It is technologically simple, and cheap, to copy and distribute products that used to necessitate the purchase of a physical medium. The Internet is also used to sell counterfeit products, creating new challenges for patent and trademark holders.

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21 April 2017

G20 safeguards vulnerabilities of digital economy, with financial sector focus G20 Insights

The G20 can ensure a secure, resilient, sustainable and responsible digital economy, especially in the financial sector, by removing vulnerabilities in Internet infrastructure, encouraging cross-border cooperation, providing guidance to telecommunications regulators and implementing norms regarding cyber-attacks.

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17 April 2017

Understand more, fear less: How the future of the Internet can be designed with a human face - Reflexions on the G20 ICT Ministerial meeting by Constance Bommelaer and Wolfgang Kleinwächter Huffington Post

Last week, the G20’s ministers responsible for the digital economy met in Düsseldorf to prepare this year´s G20 summit, scheduled for Hamburg, July 2017. Building on important strides initiated two years ago during the G20 summit in Antalya and based on the G20 Digital Economy Development and Cooperation Initiative (DEDCI), which was adopted last year under the Chinese G20 presidency, the Düsseldorf meeting adopted a “G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Declaration” which includes also a “Roadmap for Digitalisation”. One day before the ministerial meeting, non-state actors were invited to discuss “Policies for a Digital Future” within a so-called Multistakeholder Conference.

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12 April 2017

Truly Multilingual Internet Could Mean $9.8 Billion Growth Opportunity: Report

Possibly the only internet users that are able to properly navigate the internet in their own language are English users. From European languages such as French and German to the Cyrillic languages such as Russian and to Arabic and Chinese to name but a few, there are best a few characters that have historically not been able to be used to entire languages that could not be used.

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Tim Berners-Lee: 'We need to rethink the web to stop the spread of mean ideas' Wired

The encryption techniques used by WhatsApp and similar services should be protected at all costs, and we need to "rethink" how the web works if we're to stop the spread of nasty ideas, according to Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

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11 April 2017

Web needs rethink to stop 'nasty' ideas spreading, says its creator Berners-Lee Reuters

The World Wide Web needs a complete rethink to prevent spying and the spread of "nasty, mean ideas" on social media websites, its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, said on Monday.

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12 March 2017

The Googler known as the 'father of the internet' defends an institution that's at risk under the Trump administration Business Insider

President Donald Trump's new Federal Communications Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, has wasted no time in setting an agenda that could wind down the open internet as we know it.

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20 January 2017

ICANN Still Under US Laws But No Realistic Way Back For US Overnight

The US government does not have oversight of the IANA functions any more, but ICANN who oversees the IANA is still bound by Californian law. And Trump Commerce secretary nominee and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross said there's "no realistic way" to walk back the transition of U.S. oversight.

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09 January 2017

Tim Wu: ‘The internet is like the classic story of the party that went sour’ The Observer

Tim Wu is a law professor at Columbia University. His specialities include competition, copyright and telecommunications law. So far, so conventional. But Wu is an unconventional academic. For one thing, he ran for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governorship of New York (and won 40% of the popular vote, though not the primary election). For another, he served for a time in the office of New York's attorney general, specialising in issues involving technology, consumer protection and ensuring fair competition among online companies. "If I have a life mission," he said once, "it is to fight bullies. I like standing up for the little guy and I think that's what the state attorney general's office does."

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