At IGF, Glimpses Of Future IP Governance Overshadowed By Mass Surveillance

Away from traditional free trade agreement negotiations with secret chapters on stricter intellectual property protection, perceptions are slowly evolving about the need to make IP systems work better. One of 100+ sessions at the 8th United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Bali, Indonesia last week featured “intellectual property exchanges” as marketplaces for knowledge. But IP policy did not take centre stage and neither did other access topics in Bali, which instead was overshadowed by the recent revelations of mass surveillance by US intelligence services.A the IGF, the 10-person US delegation faced stern warnings about lost trust. Brazil’s announcement to hold a summit on a new internet governance model in the end was cautiously welcomed by many.

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