14 July 2019

The End of the Free Internet Is Near Washington Post

The idea that the internet should enjoy minimal government oversight precisely because it was a technology that enabled open and free speech for everyone has been turned on its head.

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17 June 2019

The Four Visions Shaping the Way We Use the Internet: An interview with the University of Southampton's Wendy Hall and Kieron O'Hara Centre for International Governance Innovation

In 2017, reflecting on his original proposal for the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee wrote in The Guardian that he imagined the internet as “an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries.”

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07 June 2019

Russia and Iran Plan to Fundamentally Isolate the Internet Wired

For years, countries have spoken in vague terms about creating domestic internets that could be isolated from the world at will. Now we’re seeing some begin to execute that vision. Last month Iran announced that its "national information network"—essentially a domestic internet—is 80 percent complete. Earlier this year, Russia launched a major initiative to build a domestic Russian internet, purportedly to defend against cybersecurity threats—though also a likely expansion on the Kremlin’s desire to control the flow of information within its borders.

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23 May 2019

The internet is dividing, and the choice boils down to China or the West ABC News

The internet is dividing, and countries and companies will soon be forced to make a stark decision about their online futures: whether to choose the Western approach or a model shaped by the Chinese Communist Party.

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15 May 2019

The global internet is disintegrating. What comes next? BBC

In 1648, the Treaty of Westphalia was signed, ending 30 years of war across Europe and bringing about the sovereignty of states. The rights of states to control and defend their own territory became the core foundation of our global political order, and it has remained unchallenged since.

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Why Russia Wants to Break the Internet Moscow Times

It finally happened, at the beginning of May president Vladimir Putin signed a bill that seeks to establish Russia’s “internet sovereignty.”

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15 April 2019

WSIS Action Lines on tech for good are considered key UN framework for progress on the Sustainable Development Goals International Telecommunication Union

Ministerial Round Table at 10th World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum, 8-12 April 2019, emphasized the importance of the WSIS Action Lines – on which many national digital agendas were built – as a key United Nations framework for progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Round T​​able participants also highlighted the need for sharing of ​​scarce resources, as well as stre​ngthening collaboration to build confidence and security in the use of technology for good and digital skills so more people can benefit.

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27 March 2019

How to Govern a Digitally Networked World by Anne-Marie Slaughter and Fadi Chehadé Project Syndicate

Because the Internet is a network of networks, its governing structures should be, too. The world needs a digital co-governance order that engages public, civic, and private leaders on the basis of three principles of participation.

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14 March 2019

There are now four competing visions of the internet. How should they be governed? World Economic Forum

On the fringe of the 2019 World Economic Forum gathering at Davos, trade ministers from 75 members of the World Trade Organisation, between them responsible for 90% of global trade, issued a joint statement on the governance of electronic commerce. The Americans were with them in spirit, although (thanks to a government shutdown) they didn’t turn up.

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07 March 2019

Putin Wants His Own Internet Bloomberg

A new law would create a single command post from which authorities can manage—and halt—information flows across Russian cyberspace.

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03 March 2019

The Global Internet Report: Consolidation in the Internet Economy Internet Society

The 2017 Global Internet Report: Paths to Our Digital Future focused attention on the significant potential of the Internet for innovation and sustainable development, but without denying or shirking the challenges it also introduces. This forward-looking analysis is a powerful advocacy tool for anyone who wants to protect and build the open Internet.

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21 February 2019

The authoritarian assault on Internet freedom is on the move in Russia and India: Editorial Board Washington Post

For every step forward in the digital revolution comes a step back. Just last week, two retreats came in Russia and India. The potential value of the Internet, and its very freedom, is again shadowed by forces of authoritarianism and state control.

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12 February 2019

Russia considers 'unplugging' from internet BBC News

Russia is considering whether to disconnect from the global internet briefly, as part of a test of its cyber-defences.

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20 December 2018

The War-Torn Web: A once-unified online world has broken into new warring states. Foreign Policy

The global internet continues to fragment. Governments, in particular, are using their influence to shape the ways that digital companies, markets, and rights connect us online. This new form of realpolitik, which we call “digitalpolitik,” is an emerging tactical playbook for how governments use their political, regulatory, military, and commercial powers to project influence in global, digital markets.

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16 December 2018

Our Shared Digital Future Building an Inclusive, Trustworthy and Sustainable Digital Society World Economic Forum

Our Shared Digital Futures is a publication shaped by leaders from business, government, academia and civil society who collectively acknowledge the need for shared goals and coordinated action to shape an inclusive, sustainable, digital future.

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12 December 2018

Can China have difficult conversations about the internet? Brookings

Attending China’s World Internet Conference—China’s annual showcase for its vision of internet governance—was preceded by the irony of preparing to minimize connection to the internet. I took none of my usual devices. Instead, I rented a smartphone for a week and installed a minimal number of apps, including a virtual private network (VPN) service before leaving. I set up a temporary email account. I took a “thin client” office laptop with a secure VPN connector and nothing on its hard drive.

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It's time to strengthen global digital cooperation World Economic Forum

Digitalization transforms, pervades and affects all aspects of our social, economic and political lives. These impacts span a wide range of issues, which through digitalization become increasingly interconnected and interdependent. However, at the global level, these issues are addressed by institutions that were founded in the 19th and 20th centuries, and which are often incapable of ensuring effective cooperation between the relevant international actors.

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28 November 2018

German Hate Speech Legislation Receives Mixed Review At German Internet Governance Forum Intellectual Property Watch

Germany’s controversial hate speech legislation is working well, a representative of the German Ministry of Justice said during a panel on 27 November at the German national Internet Governance Forum in Berlin.

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China's 'responsive' authoritarianism by Maria Repnikova Washington Post

China is often described as ruthless and dystopian. Escalating censorship, intensified propaganda and the social credit system present a threatening new mode of Internet governance to the West, one where the freewheeling World Wide Web seems “captured” by the Chinese Communist Party.

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15 November 2018

Global cooperation and regulation key in addressing multilayered threats posed by new technology United Nations

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) concluded today with a consensus highlighting the importance of the rule of law and global cooperation to ensure a safe cyberspace. The three-day Forum, under the title ‘Internet of Trust, brought more than 3,000 participants from 143 countries together to confront issues ranging from cyber security to ethics, fake news and the spread of disinformation, hate speech, data as a cross-cutting issue, regulation of the internet and people’s rights online.

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14 November 2018

Consensus On The Application of Rule of Law and UN Charter to Make Cyberspace Safe United Nations

Increased global cooperation was a common thread in discussions around cyber security and online rights during the second day of the Internet Governance Forum now taking place in Paris. Stakeholders from government, private sector and civil society engaged in over seventy multilingual sessions taking place on issues relating to new technologies, both in person and online.

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13 November 2018

The Internet Is Splitting in Two Amid U.S.-China Spat Bloomberg

Western bigwigs were a no-show at China’s biggest web conference. But in their absence, the local overseers of the nation’s technology industry were only too happy to plug their unique vision for the global internet.

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Facebook will let French regulators study its efforts to fight hate speech Washington Post

Facebook will open its doors for French regulators to study its approach to combating hate speech online, marking the latest attempt by governments around the world to figure out new ways to thwart toxic, derogatory content from spreading on social media.

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11 November 2018

Internet Governance Forum Set to Explore Harnessing New Technologies for Broader Prosperity, 12-14 November United Nations

More than 3,000 participants — including high-level Government officials, civil society leaders, private sector and Internet policy experts — will gather in Paris, France, from 12-14 November to discuss international cooperation on such issues as “fake news”, the spread of disinformation, cybersecurity and privacy, big data, the Internet of Things, and their effects on society.

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08 November 2018

China's Xi calls for global cooperation to create 'fairer' internet Reuters

China’s President Xi Jinping called on Wednesday for greater global cooperation in developing the internet and make it more “fair and equitable”, as Beijing seeks to bolster its global role in shaping the web.

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