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The UN Digital Summit – IGF 2021 in Katowice is over

[Chancellery of the Polish Prime Minister news release] It is time to sum up this year’s prime digital event – the UN Digital Summit – IGF 2021, which closed on Friday in Katowice.

The substantive summary of the Summit – still a draft – is provided in a UN document entitled „Katowice IGF Messages”. Stakeholders can send their feedback about the points made in the document by 20 December.

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Record-breaking UN Digital Summit in Poland – more than 10,000 participants from 175 countries

[NASK news release] A total of 2,688 participants came to Katowice for the IGF 2021 Digital Summit. The event was held between 6 and 10 December at the International Congress Centre. Participants debated the key challenges of today’s internet. The Summit was held as a hybrid event. A total of 10,300 people registered to participate in the event online and in person.

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UN Digital Summit – IGF 2921: digital inequalities must be leveled

[news release] The Global North and the Global South are divided by a civilization gap. Access to the Internet can be too expensive for people from less developed countries. But also in the wealthy countries, many still suffer from digital exclusion. The fourth day of the UN Digital Summit – IGF 2021 held in Katowice was devoted to providing equal development opportunities worldwide.

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IGF 2021: the development of Internet requires global cooperation

[news release] Access to the Internet, which facilitates communication, education, and the increase of professional skills, is gradually becoming one of the fundamental human rights. The development of networks in various parts of the world, freedom of speech, and the fight against disinformation were the subjects discussed during the third day of the UN Digital Summit, IGF 2021 in Katowice.

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IGF 2021: UN supports creating a better online environment

[news release] Determining clear principles protecting human rights online, fighting disinformation and hate speech, and ensuring access to the Internet for all people by 2030 – these are the most important goals faced by the United Nations now. On Tuesday, 7 December, the UN Digital Summit – IGF 2021 officially started in Katowice, Poland.

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IGF 2021: digital technologies are changing the world

[news release] The world is changing as fast as ever before. Smart cities, AI, digital education, the internet of things, and cybersecurity are the key topics discussed during the first day of the IGF 2021, the UN Digital Summit organized in Katowice.

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Australia’s IGF Event NetThing Happening Virtually This Thursday and Friday

This week Australia’s Internet Governance Forum event, NetThing, is happening virtually with a host of discussions and presentations covering Australia’s critical infrastructure, internet standards, vaccine passports and digital rights, the internet as an essential service, tech and environmental sustainability, misinformation and disinformation, DNS abuse, trusted digital platforms, blockchain, protecting at risk voices, will technology save the planet, adult content online and mass surveillance and democracy. The theme for the 2021 NetThing Forum is “Building Bridges.”

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TLD Updates: eeID for Estonia, .SPA GA Launch, UK-IGF, Registrar Applications for .LB, .KZ and .CAT Birthdays and auDA Foundation Applications Open

The Estonian Internet Foundation, the .ee registry, Estonian Internet Foundation, has launched a simple three-in-one personal identification service.

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Internet Governance Forum calls for bridging digital divides, harnessing the Internet to support human resilience and build solidarity amid COVID-19

[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.

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CIRA Publishes Report On Canadian Perspective On Fake News, Privacy, Cybersecurity And Internet Access

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

· 75% say they come across fake news at least sometimes

  • 57% have been taken in by a fake news item.

· 70% are concerned that fake news could impact the outcome of the next federal election.

Privacy

· 72% are willing to disclose some or a little personal information in exchange for a valuable/convenient service.

· 87% are concerned that businesses with access to customers’ personal data willingly share it with third parties without consent.

· 86% believe it is important that government data, including the personal information of Canadians, be stored and transmitted in Canada only.

Cybersecurity

· 87% are concerned about a potential cyberattack against organizations with access to their personal data.

· Only 19% say they would continue to do business with an organization if their personal data were exposed in a cyberattack.

· 78% are concerned about the potential security threats related to the Internet of Things.

Access

· 69% believe the high cost of internet services, including for mobile data, is hurting Canada’s economy and prosperity.

· 83% believe that universal access to high-speed internet is important for Canada’s overall economic growth and prosperity.

· 70% agree that the Canadian government should be doing more to support public access to high-speed internet.

Internet governance

· 75% say they only know a little or hardly anything about the topic of global control and regulation of the internet.

· 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.