Unease over how the net is run by Michael Geist
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.
Put Free Expression on the Internet Governance Forum Agenda by Milton Mueller
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.
Internet Governance Forum Advisory Group to be Established
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.
Annan to establish international forum on internet governance
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.
Internet Governance: Asia-Pacific Perspectives
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.
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.
The Malta Discussions on Internet Governance: Summary of the International Conference
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.
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
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:
Vint Cerf condemns two-tier internet
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.