Governance

06 August 2017

Country rules: the 'splinternet' may be the future of the web The Conversation

Both The Economist and WIRED are worried about the “splinternet”. The UK research organisation NESTA thinks it could “break up” the world wide web as we know it. What is this awkwardly named idea? It’s the concept that someone’s experience of the internet in Turkey, for example, is increasingly different from their experience of the internet in Australia.

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24 June 2017

Designing Digital Freedom: A Human Rights Agenda for Internet Governance Centre for International Governance Innovation

Despite the worldwide description of cyberspace as “a free and open Internet,” the global record of human rights online has not been commendable. Recent years have brought to light the mass surveillance practices of many governments. Other government interventions block Internet access for citizens. Censorship practices have become efficient and effective. Harassment of female bloggers has remained a constant problem. Cyber security is now a precursor for basic human rights when an outage or a hack of a car or an industrial control system creates human security and safety issues. Another complexity is that digital infrastructures, systems and institutions mediating human rights cross borders in ways that create jurisdictional complexity and contradictions.

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09 May 2017

Mapping the Digital Frontiers of Trade and Intellectual Property Global Commission on Internet Governance

One of the most powerful and consequential intersections between the multi-trillion-dollar digital economy and Internet governance revolves around intellectual property (IP). The digitization of major industries — music, movies, games, journalism — has created unprecedented IP challenges. It is technologically simple, and cheap, to copy and distribute products that used to necessitate the purchase of a physical medium. The Internet is also used to sell counterfeit products, creating new challenges for patent and trademark holders.

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21 April 2017

G20 safeguards vulnerabilities of digital economy, with financial sector focus G20 Insights

The G20 can ensure a secure, resilient, sustainable and responsible digital economy, especially in the financial sector, by removing vulnerabilities in Internet infrastructure, encouraging cross-border cooperation, providing guidance to telecommunications regulators and implementing norms regarding cyber-attacks.

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17 April 2017

Understand more, fear less: How the future of the Internet can be designed with a human face - Reflexions on the G20 ICT Ministerial meeting by Constance Bommelaer and Wolfgang Kleinwächter Huffington Post

Last week, the G20’s ministers responsible for the digital economy met in Düsseldorf to prepare this year´s G20 summit, scheduled for Hamburg, July 2017. Building on important strides initiated two years ago during the G20 summit in Antalya and based on the G20 Digital Economy Development and Cooperation Initiative (DEDCI), which was adopted last year under the Chinese G20 presidency, the Düsseldorf meeting adopted a “G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Declaration” which includes also a “Roadmap for Digitalisation”. One day before the ministerial meeting, non-state actors were invited to discuss “Policies for a Digital Future” within a so-called Multistakeholder Conference.

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12 April 2017

Truly Multilingual Internet Could Mean $9.8 Billion Growth Opportunity: Report

Possibly the only internet users that are able to properly navigate the internet in their own language are English users. From European languages such as French and German to the Cyrillic languages such as Russian and to Arabic and Chinese to name but a few, there are best a few characters that have historically not been able to be used to entire languages that could not be used.

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Tim Berners-Lee: 'We need to rethink the web to stop the spread of mean ideas' Wired

The encryption techniques used by WhatsApp and similar services should be protected at all costs, and we need to "rethink" how the web works if we're to stop the spread of nasty ideas, according to Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

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11 April 2017

Web needs rethink to stop 'nasty' ideas spreading, says its creator Berners-Lee Reuters

The World Wide Web needs a complete rethink to prevent spying and the spread of "nasty, mean ideas" on social media websites, its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, said on Monday.

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12 March 2017

The Googler known as the 'father of the internet' defends an institution that's at risk under the Trump administration Business Insider

President Donald Trump's new Federal Communications Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, has wasted no time in setting an agenda that could wind down the open internet as we know it.

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20 January 2017

ICANN Still Under US Laws But No Realistic Way Back For US Overnight

The US government does not have oversight of the IANA functions any more, but ICANN who oversees the IANA is still bound by Californian law. And Trump Commerce secretary nominee and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross said there's "no realistic way" to walk back the transition of U.S. oversight.

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09 January 2017

Tim Wu: ‘The internet is like the classic story of the party that went sour’ The Observer

Tim Wu is a law professor at Columbia University. His specialities include competition, copyright and telecommunications law. So far, so conventional. But Wu is an unconventional academic. For one thing, he ran for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governorship of New York (and won 40% of the popular vote, though not the primary election). For another, he served for a time in the office of New York's attorney general, specialising in issues involving technology, consumer protection and ensuring fair competition among online companies. "If I have a life mission," he said once, "it is to fight bullies. I like standing up for the little guy and I think that's what the state attorney general's office does."

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05 January 2017

Michele Neylon Appointed Chair Elect Of i2Coalition

Blacknight CEO and domain name industry stalwart Michele Neylon has been appointed Chair Elect of the i2Coalition Board of Directors. Neylon's position as Chair Elect became effective on 1 January and he will assume his role as Chair in January 2018. Until that time, Neylon will work with the current Board Chair David Snead.

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30 December 2016

Russia could disconnect itself from global Internet during a crisis, Putin adviser says Washington Post

An adviser to Russian president Vladimir Putin has said the country could be "disconnected" from the global Internet if needed.

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10 December 2016

UN Internet Governance Forum closes with call to close 'digital divide' United Nations

Underlining the urgency to close the "digital divide" - socio-economic inequalities that impact access to or use of information and communication technologies - the 11th annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum closed today with a call for concerted actions to ensure that all people in all countries are able to reap the benefits of the Internet.

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09 December 2016

Internet facing unprecedented challenges; time to act is now says Internet Society Internet Society

At the 11th Internet Governance Forum, a United Nations-convened conference taking place in Mexico, 6-9 December, the Internet Society urged the global Internet community to redouble its efforts in addressing the wave of unprecedented challenges facing the Internet.

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07 December 2016

With nearly four billion people still unable to get online, UN forum to tackle 'digital divide' United Nations

The 11th annual United Nations Internet Governance Forum opened in Jalisco, Mexico, where delegates from across the world will join thousands more online to weigh the challenges of today's digital age and equal access opportunities for all members of society.

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Internet Governance Forum to intensify efforts toward fostering accessible web for all United Nations

Nearly 3,000 delegates from across the world will join thousands more online for the 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Jalisco, Mexico. With a key focus on addressing the challenges of today's digital age and how to leverage the Internet to ensure it provides equal access to opportunities for all members of society, the busy week-long Forum will run from today until December 9th.

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22 November 2016

Google’s 21st-Century Empire: Countries don’t control the internet. Companies do. By Emily Taylor Slate

Omnes cives Googlani sumus. We are all Google citizens now. Google has colonized more countries than the Ancient Romans. In 95 percent of countries, either Google or YouTube (which, of course, is owned by Google) is the most popular website. But instead of taking hundreds of years, Google has done it in a couple of decades without firing a single shot. We were lulled into submission by the digital equivalent of "bread and circuses": cat videos and PewDiePie.

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21 November 2016

China says terrorism, fake news impel greater global internet curbs Reuters

China's ambitions to tighten up regulation of the Internet have found a second wind in old fears - terrorism and fake news.

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17 November 2016

China's Xi urges cooperation among nations in governance of global internet Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater cooperation among nations in developing and governing the internet, while reiterating the need to respect so-called "cyber sovereignty".

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04 November 2016

Lost in the splinternet: Left unchecked, the growing maze of barriers on the internet will damage economies and hamper political freedom The Economist

Free-speech advocates were aghast -- and data-privacy campaigners were delighted -- when the European Court of Justice (ECJ) embraced the idea of a digital "right to be forgotten" in May 2014. It ruled that search engines such as Google must not display links to "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" information about people if they request that they be removed, even if the information is correct and was published legally.

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22 September 2016

Ted Cruz is wrong about how free speech is censored on the Internet by Tim Berners-Lee and Daniel Weitzner Washington Post

Sen. Ted Cruz wants to engineer a United States takeover of a key Internet organization, ICANN, in the name of protecting freedom of expression.

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11 August 2016

Internet or Splinternet? by Joseph S. Nye, Jr., a former US assistant secretary of defense and chairman of the US National Intelligence Council, is University Professor at Harvard University Project Syndicate

Who owns the Internet? The answer is no one and everyone. The Internet is a network of networks. Each of the separate networks belongs to different companies and organizations, and they rely on physical servers in different countries with varying laws and regulations. But without some common rules and norms, these networks cannot be linked effectively. Fragmentation - meaning the end of the Internet - is a real threat.

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03 April 2016

Jurisdiction on the Internet: From Legal Arms Race to Transnational Cooperation by B. de La Chapelle and Paul Fehlinger Centre for International Governance Innovation

The cross-border Internet and its online spaces span a fragmented patchwork of national jurisdictions. As connectivity and Internet penetration increase, so do the conflicts between jurisdictions. Such conflicts challenge the Westphalian international system, and traditional modes of legal cooperation struggle to resolve these jurisdictional tensions. Extreme application of the principle of territoriality and the exertion of digital sovereignty put the global community on a dangerous path if employed on the global scale. If nothing is done, this legal arms race could lead to severe unintended consequences for the future of the global digital economy, human rights, the technical Internet infrastructure and security.

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24 December 2015

In cyberspace, China's aim is to control and censor, no matter what it says South China Morning Post

President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the World Internet Conference, in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province last week, in defence of China’s tight censorship of cyberspace. He laid out his vision for global internet governance, in particular emphasising that cyberspace is not beyond the rule of law and efforts must be made to build a sound legal order to protect the legitimate rights and interests of internet users. Every time China is accused of curbing freedom of expression in cyberspace, Beijing argues that such freedom requires limits and that it manages – rather than censors – cyberspace, in accordance with the law. Since “the rule of law” has become a motto of the Communist Party, one may wonder what policies China will put in place to address the internet risks and whether criticism of China’s cyberspace censorship is justified. This makes it all the more important to carefully study the draft cybersecurity law it released in July.

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