The Malta Discussions on Internet Governance: Summary of the International Conference

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.
http://diplomacy.edu/Conferences/IG/presentations/Conference_Summary.pdf

The Internet Governance Forum

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:
http://intgovforum.org/index.htm

The worst of the Net

The worst of the Net
This week, a US Congressional body – the House subcommittee on global human rights – held a hearing on the involvement of American companies in the controlling of Internet access by Chinese users. The Republican Chairman of the subcommittee declared: “Cooperation with tyranny should not be embraced for the sake of profits.” Hear, hear. We need to sort out those commie Chinese. But there is a more serious issue that American politicians and industry are not adequately addressing. The UK’s Internet Watch Foundation found last year that 40% of all reports of child abuse images on the Net were hosted in the United States. Why are there no hearings on this?
http://rogerdarlington.co.uk/commswatch/comments.php?id=2408_0_2_0_C

Testimony of Reporters Without Borders before the US House of Representatives

Testimony of Reporters Without Borders before the US House of Representatives
Reporters Without Borders’ representative in Washington, Lucie Morillon, testified on 15 February before the US House of Representatives Committee for International relations and Humanitarian Affairs. During the hearing, the major US Internet companies such as Yahoo !, Microsoft, Google and Cisco systems, were required to explain their collaboration with the Chinese authorities on web censorship.
http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=16471