[news release] Never before has the Internet proven to be such a vital lifeline in maintaining economic and social ties, as the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The high-level segment of the Internet Governance Forum opened today, with participants underlining the critical importance of digital technologies in supporting human resilience and building solidarity to respond to the challenges posed by the coronavirus.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) released a research report last week displaying Canadians’ opinions and experiences regarding the internet and fake news, privacy, cybersecurity and access. Based on a survey of over 1,200 Canadian internet users in December 2018, the report highlights areas of concern, including apprehension around the upcoming Canadian federal election. The report also indicates what Canadians want from industry, the Canadian government and citizens themselves to create a better internet in Canada.
CIRA’s report offers several recommendations to improve Canada’s internet, including enhanced investments by the Canadian government, actions around cybersecurity and privacy that Canadian businesses can take right away and opportunities for Canadian citizens to improve the internet they rely on every day.
“With the rise of misinformation online and threats to digital privacy and cybersecurity, Canadians are demanding more of government, industry and others when it comes to Canada’s internet,” says CIRA’s CEO Byron Holland. “The question that remains is how best to give Canadians what they want, while maintaining the open, interoperable internet that has become ubiquitous in the lives of most Canadians.”
The report comes out in the lead up to the upcoming
Canadian Internet Governance Forum, taking place this week in Toronto, where internet stakeholders from across the country will meet to discuss these key issues. CIRA is a sponsor, co-organiser and participant.
“There are some basic actions that can be taken today to increase Canadian privacy and security online,” says Jacques Latour, CIRA’s chief security officer. “Canadian businesses must learn and follow privacy laws and make cybersecurity a priority. Governments must invest and participate in local infrastructure such as Canadian internet exchange points to keep data local, and Canadians must learn to spot and avoid personal cyber threats such as phishing emails.”
“With a federal election around the corner, fake news is a real concern and Canadians agree,” says David Fowler, CIRA’s vice president of marketing and communications and vice-chair of MediaSmarts board of directors. “Canadians see social media companies, the government and journalists as key players to halt misinformation online. But citizens themselves have a role to play and increased investments in media literacy will help Canadians spot fake news and thereby thwart its influence.”
To read the full report visit cira.ca/betterinternet.
Some of the key facts on Canadian internet users highlighted by CIRA are:
Of Canadian internet users:
Social media and fake news
Â· 75% say they come across fake news at least sometimes
- 57% have been taken in by a fake news item.
Â· 70% are concerned that fake news could impact the outcome of the next federal election.
Â· 72% are willing to disclose some or a little personal information in exchange for a valuable/convenient service.
Â· 87% are concerned that businesses with access to customers’ personal data willingly share it with third parties without consent.
Â· 86% believe it is important that government data, including the personal information of Canadians, be stored and transmitted in Canada only.
Â· 87% are concerned about a potential cyberattack against organizations with access to their personal data.
Â· Only 19% say they would continue to do business with an organization if their personal data were exposed in a cyberattack.
Â· 78% are concerned about the potential security threats related to the Internet of Things.
Â· 69% believe the high cost of internet services, including for mobile data, is hurting Canada’s economy and prosperity.
Â· 83% believe that universal access to high-speed internet is important for Canada’s overall economic growth and prosperity.
Â· 70% agree that the Canadian government should be doing more to support public access to high-speed internet.
Â· 75% say they only know a little or hardly anything about the topic of global control and regulation of the internet.
Â· 50% are concerned that the global internet could fracture into regional blocks that adopt very different regulatory principles and policies.
- 66% support the principles of net neutrality.
EURALO and CENTR announced Tuesday they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) alongside the 2018 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris to formalise their existing relationship promoting internet coordination activities in Europe.
In their announcement, the European Regional At-Large Organization (EURALO) and the Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR) note that both parties have pledged to collaborate for the promotion of Internet coordination activities in the European region.
More specifically, they will continue to encourage awareness of each otherâs activities and mission, as well as jointly organising capacity-building events and other meetings, trainings, projects of workshops related to Internet policy and governance. They will also continue to promote Internet development in the European region and an open, bottom-up, multistakeholder Internet governance model.
“I am very pleased to sign this Memorandum with CENTR on behalf of EURALO,â said Olivier CrÃ©pin-Leblond, chair of EURALO. âThe aim of EURALO, as defined by our community, is to have at least one At-Large Structure in every country of our region. Collaborating with CENTR will reinforce the multistakeholder model that has already generated great opportunities, starting with National and Regional IGFs. Thanks to CENTR for considering this collaboration and to AFNIC for proposing that we sign this document at the IGF in Paris.”
âThe IGF provides us with an excellent opportunity to strengthen and formalise the collaboration between EURALO and CENTR,â JÃ¶rg Schweiger, CENTR Chair said. âCENTR Members have a long tradition of closely working together with their local Internet Communities. EURALO is well represented in those communities, and we look forward to our increased collaboration and information exchange on a regional level and for our work in the international environment.â
There are 5 RALOs, of which EURALO is one, that unite ICANNâs At-Large Structures (ALSes) and individual members based on their geographic regions. As the information conduit and facilitators, RALOs disseminate information from ICANN, promote the participation of their members, and channel the regional user point of view to ICANN. Each RALO is governed by its own organising documents, including a Memorandum of Understanding with ICANN. Playing a key role in ICANNâs regional strategies, several RALOs partner with ICANN to facilitate the development of critical infrastructure for the Domain Name System.
EURALO unites European Internet end-user voices within the At-Large community. EURALO consists of Internet-related civil society and consumer interests, representing their views in the bottom-up, consensus-based, multi-stakeholder ICANN policy development process.
CENTR is the European association of country-code top level domain (ccTLD) registries.
Facing growing concerns that the Internet is being used as a vehicle to sow division and discord around the world, more than 3,000 representatives from governments, the private sector, technology, and civil society will gather in Paris 12-14 November, 2018 at the annual Internet Governance Forum, to look at a range of actions that can be taken to ensure an “Internet of Trust.”
The Forum, convened by the UN Secretary-General, seeks to highlight open and inclusive discussions around global internet issues including: addressing the digital divide; how is artificial intelligence and frontier technologies affecting humankind; cyber security; gender equality; what is the impact on sustainable development; and how does a digital future ensure our human rights.
The Government of France will be hosting the three-day meeting at UNESCO headquarters. French President Emmanuel Macron emphasized the importance of welcoming the IGF in Paris to share ideas and advance discussions on Internet governance issues. UN Secretary-General António Guterres is scheduled to give remarks on the opening day. Other notable speakers is UN DESA’s Under Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin.
The Forum promotes dialogue and encourages an exchange of ideas to better govern the internet so that it is a safe and trustworthy environment for all. For that reason, the Forum is open to all. If you are not able to attend, they encourage online participation by registering on their website. Webcasts and live transcripts of the sessions will also be available. The discussions and the exchange of ideas and best practices often form the foundation for national rules, regulations and laws concerning the Internet.
Highlights from IGF 2017 were sessions on the role of artificial intelligence and disinformation, big data, the Internet of Things and virtual reality; topics that carry over in 2018, and sets the foundation to discussions on the future of internet and technology.
[news release] ICANN announced today (18/12) that it has donated USD$50,000 to the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA).
“I’m delighted to announce this donation,” said Fadi ChehadÃ©, President and CEO of ICANN. “The IGF is an incredibly important part of the global Internet governance ecosystem, and it’s my hope that this additional funding will allow the IGF to remain a vital part of the ongoing discussion.”
This donation is part of a larger commitment by ICANN to support the IGF globally as well as the regional IGF‘s. It will allow the IGF to continue to serve as the essential meeting place for the multistakeholder community to discuss the critical policy issues that affect Internet governance and demonstrate best practice. Last fiscal year ICANN contributed USD$280,000 to support the IGF globally and regionally. With this new contribution to the IGFSA, it will raise the total support from ICANN this fiscal year FY15 to a total of USD$330,000.
“The continued success of the Internet depends on forums like the IGF, which allow the multistakeholder model, that relies heavily on open dialogue, to prosper and thrive,” said Tarek Kamel, Senior Advisor to ICANN‘s President on Government Engagement. Kamel, is also a member of the Executive Committee of the IGFSA. He further noted, “With this donation, we affirm ICANN‘s support for the IGF and look forward to a successful IGF 2015 in Brazil.”
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Established by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2006, the IGF is a multistakeholder forum that addresses key Internet governance issues. To learn more go to http://www.intgovforum.org/
The Internet Governance Forum Support Association, established by the Internet Society Board of Trustees in September 2014, is an independent association established to help secure funding and support for the IGF. To learn more go to http://www.igfsa.org/
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Abstract: Since the late 1990s, the Chinese government has engaged in a process of attempting to reform the technical global internet governance regime, which is currently dominated by the US government and non-state actors.This article aims to contribute to the literature on Beijing’s approach to this issue by providing a detailed empirical account of its involvement in a few core regime organisations.It argues that Beijing’s reform approach is guided by its domestically derived preferences for strong state authority and expanding China’s global power, but that its reform efforts are unlikely to succeed based on countervailing structural hard- and soft-power factors.This paper is available from the Social Science Research Network website at:
âOnly by pursuing a policy of multilingualism in Internet access can we give effect to our policy of an Internet that is truly global, and truly accessible to all,â states European Commission Vice-President, Neelie Kroes, in the foreword of the IDN World Report 2014 produced by EURid with UNESCO in cooperation with Verisign and the country code Top Level Domain regional organisations (CENTR, LACTLD, APTLD and AFTLD).
The annual report is being presented today during a workshop at the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey, which takes place from 2 to 5 September.
Internationalised domain names (IDN) were first launched at the second level (eg ÏÎ±ÏÎ¬Î´ÎµÎ¹Î³Î¼Î±.eu) in 2000. From 2009, it became possible to register domain names entirely in non-Latin scripts (eg ä¾å.ä¸å½). At the end of 2013, there were 6 million IDNs (including second level names and IDN TLDs). Although this is a large number, it is just 2% of the worldâs registered domain names (270 million).
EURid, the registry manager of the .eu Top Level Domain, has been supporting IDNs at the second level since late 2009 and has applied for the .eu in Greek and Cyrillic to ensure that the EU citizens can enjoy a complete IDN experience when writing languages that are not based on the Latin alphabet. âWe are proud to have supported multilingualism through IDNs since the very beginning and to offer an extended customer support in all 24 official EU languages and, hopefully in the near future, the .eu TLD in Greek and Cyrillic,â commented EURidâs External Relations manager Giovanni Seppia.
The report contains evidence that shows that, far from being âinternationalisedâ, IDNs are intensely localised. They are strongly linked to local language content, and although they occur in diverse writing systems, the location of such scripts is closely coupled to countries and regions where related languages are spoken.
New gTLDs promised to fulfil unmet needs in the domain name system. One obvious need is for enhanced linguistic diversity. With 90% of new gTLD strings (eg .photogra- phy) either in English language, or understandable in English, that opportunity has been lost â for now.
âThe growth potential for Internet penetration is in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, and Latin America where English is not the primary language. For IDNs to fulfill their potential, multiple actors need to make changes to hasten universal acceptance, so that IDNs can be used seamlessly in every environment,â concludes the reportâs main author Emily Taylor.
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The Town Hall Meeting will provide an opportunity for an open dialogue to address and clarify any remaining questions about the Enhancing ICANN Accountability and Governance Process.
Date: 2 September 2014
Location: ICEC in the Topkapi A Room, Istanbul, Turkey
Time: 06:00-07:30 UTC (Time zone conversions can be found here)
Remote Participation Information:
Online Meeting Room: https://intgovforum.webex.com/intgovforum/j.php?MTID=md43f4ed6d6fb2922239ea63ba730800f
Meeting Number: 959 336 622
Meeting Password: ICANN
Audio Conference Information:
Call-in toll number (UK): +44 203 478 5289
Global call-in numbers: https://intgovforum.webex.com/intgovforum/globalcallin.php?serviceType=MC&ED=312692962&tollFree=0
Access code: 959 336 622
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ICANN looks forward to participating in this year’s 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. The overarching theme of the Istanbul meeting is: Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance.
This year’s meeting will build on previous IGFs and further the dialogue on Internet governance and emerging Internet issues. It will also build on the success of NETmundial and promote its outcomes. ICANN believes that the IGF plays an effective role in fostering global multistakeholder cooperation in Internet governance and strongly supports its continuation beyond its 2015 mandate.
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The webinar will provide a brief overview of the ICANN related sessions at the IGF in Istanbul from 1-5 September, and will provide an opportunity for members of the community and staff to discuss collaboration opportunities.
Introduction â Sally Costerton
Purpose of ICANN‘s participation in IGF â Tarek Kamel
Overview of ICANN related activities at the Istanbul IGF â Baher Esmat
Collaboration opportunities at the IGF
- US Access Number: 213 233 3193
- US Toll Free Access Number: 800 550 6865
Conference ID: 298475
International Adigo phone numbers: adigo.com/icann/
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