Governance

28 September 2013

At UN, Estonian President stresses Internet governance in development United Nations

In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of Estonia highlighted the use of modern information and communication technologies (ICT) to drive development and the importance of international law to preserve Internet freedom while protecting citizens from cyber crime.

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19 September 2013

Protecting the open Internet may require defunding the ITU. Here's how to do it. Washington Post

In the past week, two senior U.S. officials, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and Republican Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.) were quoted as saying the United States should pull funding from the International Telecommunication Union, at least as a last resort, if the U.N. telecommunications body persists in its attempts to regulate the Internet.

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10 September 2013

Global rules to govern Net sought People's Daily

All nations should work together to build a multilateral, democratic and transparent international order for Internet governance within the United Nations framework, the top official of China's regulatory body on Internet information said on Monday.

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09 September 2013

Policy, not tech, threatens the Internet's progress, Cerf warns Computerworld

The main threat to the future of the Internet lies in attempts to control the Internet through governance policy, according to Google executive and "godfather" of the Internet, Vint Cerf.

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05 September 2013

Vint Cerf: Governance policy is biggest threat to the Internet, not technology Computerworld

The main threat to the future of the Internet lies in attempts to control the internet through governance policy, according to Google executive and 'god-father' of the Internet, Vint Cerf.

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18 July 2013

Human rights on the internet: online, you have rights too The Guardian

The European convention of human rights is not popular in the UK. Nor is the European court of human rights, given its role in the Abu Qatada extradition affair. Despite a belief that civil liberties are a domestic matter, mobilisation against the UK communications data bill highlighted how governmental snooping of ordinary people online is very much about human rights, like privacy and freedom of expression, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and British law.

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12 June 2013

Understanding the New Frontier: Internet Governance Trade-Offs by Andrew Reddie, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program Council on Foreign Relations

The nation could be forgiven its current case of technological whiplash. Last week it learned that the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court had ordered Verizon to collect all of its customers' data between January and April of this year. Then came Ed Snowden's claims of the massive breadth of the NSA's PRISM program, and the news that Microsoft has, along with the FBI, neutralized over ten thousand botnets in "Operation Citadel." These revelations suggested that the boundaries between privacy and the surveillance state had shifted fundamentally, with profound legal, security, and social ramifications.

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05 June 2013

EU Net neutrality plan to outlaw throttling, site-blocking CNET

Internet service providers will be barred from blocking or throttling customers' access to services that rival their own under new Net neutrality rules that could soon be enforced across Europe

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31 May 2013

The Geopolitics of the Internet: Seeing the Negotiating Table Council for Foreign Relations

Will the Internet's future resemble its past? That seems increasingly unlikely, given the growing influence of new global powers, the determination of many governments to control Internet access and content, and the difficulties of balancing security and civil liberties. This was the take-home message at a meeting last week on "The Geopolitics of Internet Governance," hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The coming transformation may well challenge the longstanding U.S. vision of an open network whose governance remains largely in private hands.

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20 May 2013

Part Three: Who Controls the Internet? Government Technology

In part one and part two of our three-part series, we discussed attempts to regulate the Internet both nationally and globally. Though the future of internet governance is unknown, as regulatory agencies and governments clamp down, cooperation between Internet advoacy groups and regulatory agencies could help avoid increased Internet censorship or possible balkanization.

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18 May 2013

Part Two: Who Controls the Internet? Government Technology

In part one of our three-part series, we discussed America's attempts to regulate the Internet -- and many Americans are concerned about the Internet moving away from its current governance model, for good reason.

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17 May 2013

Who Controls the Internet? Part One Government Technology

The idea that anyone is controlling the Internet runs contrary to common knowledge. The Web has a tradition of hosting free content with relatively little government or regulatory interference, and is today backed by a fervent army of supporters ready to defend a free and open platform.

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Significant progress on key issues of Internet Governance: ITU Conference gathers stakeholders from government, industry and civil society to debate international Internet public policy-related issues International Telecommunication Union

"This year's WTPF, with its focus on international Internet-related public policy matters, is especially timely - as we stand at a 'tipping point', with the Internet making the transition from a mass-market in industrialized countries, to strong demand and widespread usage around the world", said Dr Touré, as the ITU's fifth World Telecommunication Policy Forum concluded in Geneva today.

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ITU World Telecommunication Policy Forum Closes Focused on Continuing Open Dialogue ISOC

Today, the World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) came to a close with robust debate among all stakeholders about the role of government in Internet governance. Throughout the meeting, the Internet Society participated in dialogue that focused on several key areas, including the significant role of Internet exchange points as a means of enhancing Internet connectivity, the need for timely deployment of IPv6, and the importance of the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance.

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16 May 2013

Too Many Stakeholders Spoil the Soup Foreign Policy

Back in December, governments from around the world convened in Dubai to update the treaty that governs the international telecommunications system -- but negotiations failed due to concerns that the revised agreement could make Internet companies from Google to Tumblr, and not just traditional telecom companies, subject to its provisions. These international rules would have slowed innovation by bringing the Internet into a system designed for state-run telecom monopolies. Fifty-five governments, including most of the liberal democracies, refused to sign the updated treaty.

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12 May 2013

United Nations Agency to Discuss Internet Governance Again New York Times

Here we go again. The United Nations is trying to take over the Internet! Or maybe it isn't.

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23 April 2013

Can the US Congress stop looming Internet censorship? Constitution Daily

The House is pushing forward in an effort to block a United Nations-related group from potentially allowing countries to censor the Internet, before an international showdown this fall.

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18 April 2013

EU digital rights groups demand net neutrality protection PC World

More than 80 European digital rights organizations on Wednesday called on the European Commission to do more to protect net neutrality.

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22 March 2013

Internet can't be governed: Indian minister Times of India

Kapil Sibal, minister of communications and IT, said that internet was a necessity in India and an important medium that gave a chance to people to be heard.

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Google's Eric Schmidt warns on China's attempts to control the internet The Guardian

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has described China as "the most egregious" example of a nation attempting to control the internet, as he hinted at expanding the company's multimillion-pound transition fund towards British publishers to boost revenues from digital.

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09 March 2013

Not All UN Bodies Are Trying to 'Take Over' the Internet: Multistakeholder Governance Shines at UNESCO by Leslie Harris, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology Huffington Post

Last December's World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), hosted by the ITU in Dubai, revealed a broad spectrum of views about the future of the Internet. Many commentators have focused on the binary outcome: more than 50 countries, including the U.S. and the EU nations, did not sign the treaty, while Russia and China were vocal proponents of more centralized, government-led control of the Internet. But that's nothing new, and the reality is that most nations, whether they signed the treaty or not, fall somewhere in between.

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01 March 2013

Living in a talk-shop bubble: How the MAG is undermining the IGF's credibility .nxt

Despite increasing relevance in the uncertain post-WCIT world, the advisory group to the Internet Governance Forum remains incapable of fixing long-identified problems and is undermining its credibility.

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06 February 2013

FCC to Congress: U.N.'s ITU Internet plans 'must be stopped' ZDNet

Today, U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell will testify to Congress in a joint U.S. House subcommittee hearing on international Internet governance, that the free and open Internet is under attack -- and inaction is not an option.

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03 February 2013

Securing the Cyber and Space Commons: Is There Space for the UN? Trends in Outer Space and Cyberspace Regime Evolution by Larry Martinez for European Space Policy Institute International Relations and Security Network

Once the preserve of powerful governments and technologically sophisticated companies, the space and cyber commons are now being accessed by an increasingly diverse array of state and non-state actors. In the following article, Larry Flynn argues that the United Nations appears to be failing in its attempts to develop effective controls for the management of these commons. Instead, leading scientific and technological powers are attempting to manage space and cyber-space through ad-hoc agreements that fall outside of conventional UN mechanisms.

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01 February 2013

ITU: Internet policy still on agenda Computerworld

Public policy formulation in all domains, including the Internet, is the sovereign right of member states, said ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Toure on Wednesday, suggesting that a debate over control of the Internet is far from over at the telecommunications body.

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