15 April 2015

Toward a Social Compact for Digital Privacy and Security: Statement by the Global Commission on Internet Governance

On the occasion of the April 2015 Global Conference on Cyberspace meeting in The Hague, the Commission calls on the global community to build a new social compact between citizens and their elected representatives, the judiciary, law enforcement and intelligence agencies, business, civil society and the Internet technical community, with the goal of restoring trust and enhancing confidence in the Internet.

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15 March 2015

UNESCO launches a new publication on the role of Internet intermediaries UNESCO

"Fostering Freedom Online: the Role of Internet Intermediaries" is the title of a new title in the UNESCO Internet freedom series. With the rise of Internet intermediaries that play a mediating role on the internet between authors of content and audiences, UNESCO took a joint initiative, with the Open Society Foundations, the Internet Society, and Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, to examine this recent historical phenomenon and how it impacts on freedom of expression and associated fundamental rights such as privacy.

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05 March 2015

UNESCO #NetStudy Connects the Dots for online access, freedom of expression, privacy and ethics UNESCO

What measures should UNESCO advocate to ensure that the internet serves the interests of the largest number of users? What action needs to be taken to apply the rights proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights -- notably freedom to impart information and opinion, and privacy -- online, as well as offline?

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02 February 2015

15 Years On, President Clinton's 5 Principles for Internet Policy Remain the Perfect Paradigm Forbes

What principles should guide Internet policy? Fifteen years ago, the Clinton Administration proposed a paradigm for how cyberspace should be governed that remains the most succinct articulation of a pro-liberty, market-oriented vision for cyberspace ever penned. It recommended that we rely on civil society, contractual negotiations, voluntary agreements, and ongoing marketplace experiments to solve information age problems. In essence, they were recommending a high-tech Hippocratic oath: First, do no harm (to the Internet).

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24 January 2015

Davos bosses fret over threats to Internet free trade Reuters

Business leaders pushing for frictionless free trade have something new to worry about: the potential break-up of the Internet, which today forms the backbone of the global economy.

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20 November 2014

Governments Can't Control the Internet, Gatekeeper Says Bloomberg

ICANN, the gatekeeper for Web addresses, said government attempts to impose rules on the Internet are doomed to fail as the group seeks to end its own formal ties with U.S. legislators.

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18 November 2014

ISOC, Civil Society Unhappy With NETmundial Initiative - "Not Consistent With Democracy"

In a statement issued last Sunday, the Internet Society (ISOC) has declared it "cannot agree to participate in or endorse the Coordination Council for the NETmundial Initiative". The initiative was also criticised in a separate statement by the civil society group Just Net Coalition who stated "such initiatives are not consistent with democracy". The move was described as a "a 'UN Security Council' for the internet - which would rule over the online world" by Kieren McCarthy.

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07 November 2014

Governance advocates see crowd-sourcing as way to fix Internet ills Reuters

Responding to a dizzying array of issues that threaten to break the Internet, from privacy to tax dodging to cybercrime, a group of the world's leading governance organisations say greater user involvement, not top-down control, is needed.

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06 November 2014

ITU Plenipotentiary Conference: Internet Governance Diplomacy On Display IP Watch

The much belaboured takeover of the internet by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union again has not taken place. Instead, ITU member states gathered at the Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, South Korea, this week rather smoothly passed a set of internet-related resolutions that will, once the closing plenary adopts them, preserve the limited status quo of involvement of the UN organisation responsible for telecommunication and radio frequencies in internet-related public policy issues.

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03 November 2014

After America: Who should govern the Internet? ABC Radio National

The United States has signalled its willingness to give up its unofficial stewardship role of the Internet. Who should take over, and who will?

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23 October 2014

The ITU and Unbundling Internet Governance Council on Foreign Relations

At this month's Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Busan, South Korea, India will argue that the ITU has a role to play in Internet governance: first, because the Internet cannot be separated from telecommunications; and, second, because countries have legitimate security and access issues that are best addressed through multilateral institutions.

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22 October 2014

Russia Says National Governments Should Control the Internet Moscow Times

Russia has called for international regulations cementing state control over the Internet, arguing that national governments are otherwise left vulnerable to information attacks by foreign powers.

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21 October 2014

ITU gives public more access to talks on future of the Internet Computerworld

Members of the public will be able to eavesdrop on intergovernmental negotiations about the future of the Internet that began Monday in Busan, South Korea, after participants voted to webcast the meetings.

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30 September 2014

Cisco: The Internet Needs More Control New York Times

Cisco Systems is making an unusual case for itself: The Internet must be subject to a higher amount of control, and big companies will work with governments to make that possible.

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28 September 2014

Tim Berners-Lee calls for internet bill of rights to ensure greater privacy The Observer

The inventor of the world wide web has warned that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.

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16 September 2014

No one group should govern Internet, says Australian Communications Minister Computerworld

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged world leaders to maintain a multi-stakeholder model for governance of the Internet as the United States releases its stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).

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12 September 2014

Forums on internet governance reveal tensions over how the web should be regulated by Arne Hintz, Lecturer in Media at Cardiff University The Conversation

How the internet is governed is no longer a matter seen fit to be left to mere technical committees. With the extent of online surveillance, so dramatically revealed by the Snowden files, increased content filtering and blocking, and the issue of net neutrality, which would allow telecoms firms to "create fast web lanes" for some companies, it is a contentious area with major social and political implications.

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08 September 2014

European Commission position for Internet Governance Forum 2014 Europa

The 2014 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 2-5 September. This UN-initiated body is a multi-stakeholder, non-decision making forum of global importance for forward-looking discussions on Internet issues. Ministers and Internet leaders, including Neelie Kroes, will discuss the theme "Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance".

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25 August 2014

How the web lost its way – and its founding principles The Guardian

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web 24 years ago he thought he'd created an egalitarian tool that would share information for the greater good. But it hasn't quite worked out like that. What went wrong?

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20 August 2014

How to Save the Net: Keep It Open by Vint Cerf Wired

For all of its history, the Internet has enjoyed the fruits of an openness principle: the idea that anyone can reach any site online and that information and data should be freely exchangeable. Applications such as YouTube and Skype have been introduced without the need to seek permission of any Internet service provider or government. Nearly 3 billion users enjoy myriad mobile apps and other Internet-based services thanks to the open standards, common interfaces, and rich connectivity that permissionless innovation has delivered.

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13 July 2014

The Future Internet World Order Time

Pay attention to the "swing states" that will determine the future of Internet governance, which depends on a reshuffling of the prevailing world order.

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10 July 2014

A truly global internet must be affordable in all countries by Mark Zuckerberg Wall Street Journal

There have been moments in history where the invention of new technology has completely rewired the way our society lives and works.

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01 July 2014

"The Internet has an unlimited future": Vint Cerf Deutsche Welle

Addressing the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, U.S. Internet pioneer Vint Cerf foresees that "the network has only invented one or two percent of all the possible applications that it could support."

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27 June 2014

China Launches Campaign To Control The Internet China Topix

China's communist government intends to impose on the Internet the same "guiding principles" it currently uses to stifle online dissent within China.

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26 June 2014

The End of the Internet? How regional networks may replace the World Wide Web The Atlantic

The World Wide Web celebrated its 25th birthday recently. Today the global network serves almost 3 billion people, and hundreds of thousands more join each day. If the Internet were a country, its economy would be among the five largest in the world.

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