08 May 2006

Unease over how the net is run by Michael Geist BBC

Internet governance issues usually attract the attention of a relatively small number of net users. However, concerns associated with the current system have begun to grow, writes internet law professor Michael Geist.

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Put Free Expression on the Internet Governance Forum Agenda by Milton Mueller Circle ID

The Internet Governance Project has joined free-expression advocacy organizations Reporters Without Borders and Article 19 to push for including Internet censorship and filtering problems on the agenda of the first meeting of the new Internet Governance Forum, a multistakeholder deliberation body created by the World Summit on the Information Society.

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18 April 2006

Internet Governance Forum Advisory Group to be Established International Telecommunication Union

In light of the consultations on the convening of the IGF, the United Nations Secretary-General will set up a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group to assist him in this task. The Group will consist of about forty members, representing governments, private sector and civil society and include members of the academic and technical communities.

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12 March 2006

Annan to establish international forum on internet governance UN news release

Following up on an agreement reached on the contentious topic of internet governance at the November WSIS in Tunis, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to start creating a forum for a more inclusive dialogue on internet policy.

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06 March 2006

Internet Governance: Asia-Pacific Perspectives Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme

This publication, with a foreword by Nitin Desai, provides an overview of the key debates on Internet governance. It presents the work of the Open Regional Dialogue on Internet Governance, an APDIP initiative that has collected perspectives from regional experts and end users.

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01 March 2006

OECD ICCP Workshop: “The Future of the Internet”, Paris, 8 March 2006 OECD

The OECD ICCP workshop "The Future of the Internet" will bring together policy-makers, leading academics, private sector organisations, and civil society organisations to discuss the trends shaping the future of the Internet, explore the various approaches -technical, regulatory, and economic- that are being taken or can be taken to create new functionality for and increased trust in the Internet, to promote its sustained growth and adoption, and to identify opportunities for increased international cooperation on pressing issues.

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20 February 2006

The Malta Discussions on Internet Governance: Summary of the International Conference DiploFoundation

Conference discussions were divided into five panels, each looking at different aspects of the future Internet Governance Forum. In addition, DiploTeam members and researchers presented Diplo's Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme and the results of research on a number of topics, including the protection of public interest with regards to the Internet. The document includes some of the main points which emerged from each panel's deliberations.

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The Internet Governance Forum Internet Governance Forum website

This website has been set up to support the process started by the United Nations Secretary-General with a view to convening a new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue - the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The Secretary-General was mandated by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to convene such a Forum and he asked his Special Advisor for WSIS, Mr. Nitin Desai, to hold consultations in this matter. Consultations on the Convening of the IGF. The texts of the realtime transcription of the 16 - 17 February Consultations on the convening of the IGF are now available for viewing:

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Vint Cerf condemns two-tier internet The Register

Vint Cerf told Congress yesterday that ideas proposed by telecoms companies for a two-tier internet were fatally flawed and, if necessary, legislation should be passed to make it impossible.

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12 February 2006

How to Build an Internet Governance Forum By Milton Mueller Circle ID

Public consultations on the new "Internet Governance Forum" being created by the United Nations will be held in Geneva February 16-17. The Internet Governance Project has released a new discussion paper explaining how the Forum could work. The Forum must be as open as possible and give all stakeholders equal participation rights. Its deliberations must be wide-ranging and resist politically motivated barriers to discussion. And its products must feed into other, more authoritative Internet governance forums.

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Opinion: ICANN, the ITU, WSIS, and Internet Governance by Geoff Huston, APNIC (03/2005) Cisco research paper

This opinion piece looks at the various range of views about ICANN and its rationale and role over its brief history. Of course, no look at Internet Governance would be complete without also looking at the role of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), as well as the broader background to this topic. It is a large topic and it has already been the catalyst for numerous articles.

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Who Control's the Internet Australian Broadcasting Corporation

A discussion on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National Late Night Live programme on who control's the internet, and the way forward. The guests agree that ICANN's control is the "least worst option" for the time being. They also discuss Google and China, with Becky Hogge commenting she is sympathetic to Google acquiescing to China's demands although she wouldn't want to have a couple of tea with the people there! Guests are Becky Hogge, Managing Editor of Open Democracy which is an online magazine of global politics and democracy and Kenneth Neil Cukier who covers techonology and regulatory issues for The Economist.

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29 January 2006

EU lawmakers propose internet charter

European lawmakers have proposed establishing a charter setting out international rules on running the Internet. MEPs say the plans are designed to push for international governance of the web following a UN summit on the issue in Tunisia in November.

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World Telecommunication Development Conference 2006 to agree on telecommunication development priori press

The first world development conference following the landmark World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is due to open in six weeks in Doha, Qatar. The purpose of the conference is to focus on development priorities in telecommunications and agree on the programmes, projects and initiatives to implement them. It will take into account the WSIS Geneva Plan of Action and Tunis Agenda, which aim at bridging the digital divide. A key objective is to promote international cooperation, regional initiatives and partnerships that can sustain and strengthen telecommunication infrastructure and institutions in developing countries. The Doha Action Plan will set out ways to implement these goals over the next four years.

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The Official Website of the 1st Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum Internet Governance Forum

Here, you will find useful information about the Forum, the state of preparations, as well as important documentation related to Internet Governance issues.

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