12 May 2013

United Nations Agency to Discuss Internet Governance Again New York Times

Here we go again. The United Nations is trying to take over the Internet! Or maybe it isn't.

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23 April 2013

Can the US Congress stop looming Internet censorship? Constitution Daily

The House is pushing forward in an effort to block a United Nations-related group from potentially allowing countries to censor the Internet, before an international showdown this fall.

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18 April 2013

EU digital rights groups demand net neutrality protection PC World

More than 80 European digital rights organizations on Wednesday called on the European Commission to do more to protect net neutrality.

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22 March 2013

Internet can't be governed: Indian minister Times of India

Kapil Sibal, minister of communications and IT, said that internet was a necessity in India and an important medium that gave a chance to people to be heard.

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Google's Eric Schmidt warns on China's attempts to control the internet The Guardian

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has described China as "the most egregious" example of a nation attempting to control the internet, as he hinted at expanding the company's multimillion-pound transition fund towards British publishers to boost revenues from digital.

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09 March 2013

Not All UN Bodies Are Trying to 'Take Over' the Internet: Multistakeholder Governance Shines at UNESCO by Leslie Harris, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology Huffington Post

Last December's World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), hosted by the ITU in Dubai, revealed a broad spectrum of views about the future of the Internet. Many commentators have focused on the binary outcome: more than 50 countries, including the U.S. and the EU nations, did not sign the treaty, while Russia and China were vocal proponents of more centralized, government-led control of the Internet. But that's nothing new, and the reality is that most nations, whether they signed the treaty or not, fall somewhere in between.

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01 March 2013

Living in a talk-shop bubble: How the MAG is undermining the IGF's credibility .nxt

Despite increasing relevance in the uncertain post-WCIT world, the advisory group to the Internet Governance Forum remains incapable of fixing long-identified problems and is undermining its credibility.

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06 February 2013

FCC to Congress: U.N.'s ITU Internet plans 'must be stopped' ZDNet

Today, U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell will testify to Congress in a joint U.S. House subcommittee hearing on international Internet governance, that the free and open Internet is under attack -- and inaction is not an option.

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03 February 2013

Securing the Cyber and Space Commons: Is There Space for the UN? Trends in Outer Space and Cyberspace Regime Evolution by Larry Martinez for European Space Policy Institute International Relations and Security Network

Once the preserve of powerful governments and technologically sophisticated companies, the space and cyber commons are now being accessed by an increasingly diverse array of state and non-state actors. In the following article, Larry Flynn argues that the United Nations appears to be failing in its attempts to develop effective controls for the management of these commons. Instead, leading scientific and technological powers are attempting to manage space and cyber-space through ad-hoc agreements that fall outside of conventional UN mechanisms.

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01 February 2013

ITU: Internet policy still on agenda Computerworld

Public policy formulation in all domains, including the Internet, is the sovereign right of member states, said ITU Secretary General Hamadoun Toure on Wednesday, suggesting that a debate over control of the Internet is far from over at the telecommunications body.

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30 January 2013

Inventor Tim Berners-Lee against net regulation The Australian

The man credited with inventing the World Wide Web sympathises with those who have lost their jobs because of its disruptive economic influence. Tim Berners-Lee also said yesterday the UN should not regulate the internet.

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28 January 2013

Web inventor says governments stifling net freedom Straits Times

The inventor of the World Wide Web warned on Friday that government control is limiting the possibilities of the Internet, as dozens of countries and businesses signed a cybersecurity deal at the Davos forum.

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26 January 2013

Web founder Berners-Lee: Share info, improve the world CNET

He stopped well short of saying information wants to be free, but Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web, said today the world would be better with some judicious liberation.

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24 January 2013

Keeping the Internet Safe From Governments New York Times

Even before the World Conference on International Telecommunications took place last month in Dubai, Internet activists anticipated trouble. So did Congress, which issued a resolution calling it "essential" that the Internet remain "stable, secure and free from governmental control."

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14 January 2013

Is it time for the internet to get the plumber in? The Observer

A system created to link researchers has grown into part of everyday life. But are its foundations still secure?

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11 January 2013

The Coming Age of Internet Sovereignty? by Scott J. Shackelford, Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business Huffington Post

In few places on Earth is censorship undertaken more vigorously than it is in the People's Republic of China (PRC). Take At one level,, allegedly the world's largest Chinese online bookstore, resembles its American counterpart, selling everything from the Twilight series to Battlestar Galactica. But dig deeper, and differences multiply. A search in early 2011 revealed only a single hit for "human rights in China": Alexandra Harney's The China Price. Perhaps most telling was a query conducted by the New York Times in 2010 for "censorship" and "China," that returned a result for a book entitled, When China Rules the World.

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09 January 2013

Vint Cerf: Internet competition has "evaporated" since dial-up Ars Technica

Vint Cerf, co-creator of the Internet, said today he is troubled by the prospect of companies like AT&T avoiding government regulation after the transition from traditional phone technology to all-IP networks. Already, he said, competition was decimated when the Internet moved from dial-up providers to cable companies and telcos.

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07 January 2013

Why we need pirates in cyberspace Christian Science Monitor

Whenever governments have tried to regulate new common areas - from oceans to airwaves - pirates have moved in. They remind us that some areas should be free.

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03 January 2013

Let's All Take Responsibility for a Better Internet in 2013 by Larry Magid Huffington Post

As I'm sure you noticed, no one "owns" the Internet. We all have a stake in it and it's time for all of us to take some personal responsibility when it comes to how we manage what we do on the net.

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24 December 2012

Will the internet end up controlled by big business and politicians? Its birth heralded a new age of intellectual freedom. Now the internet is under seige The Observer

It's all about control. Of course, nobody uses that particular term. The talk is always about "governance" or "regulation", but really it's about control. Ever since the internet burst into public consciousness in 1993, the big question has been whether the most disruptive communications technology since print would be captured by the established power structures - nation states and giant corporations - that dominate our world and shape its development. And since then, virtually every newsworthy event in the evolution of the network has really just been another skirmish in the ongoing war to control the internet.

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20 December 2012

Civil society key to ensuring Internet free speech, says UN independent expert United Nations

The credibility of the Internet depends on how much civil society - the broad label given to worldwide activism outside government - is able to take part in its evolution, a United Nations independent expert said today.

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18 December 2012

A Narrow Internet Escape: The U.S. walks out of a U.N. conference just in time Wall Street Journal

The good news is that last week the U.S. walked out of a United Nations confab in Dubai to regulate the Internet. The not-so-good news is that the movement by unsavory governments to control the Web now has an official U.N. imprimatur, which can only lead to trouble.

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17 December 2012

The fight to keep a state-free internet Financial Times

The first gathering of world governments to debate the future of the internet has ended in dramatic discord, with 55 member states of a UN body refusing to sign a global treaty on international telecommunications. The collapse of the talks marks just the first battle in what will be an enduring global contest to define the governance and control of the internet in the 21st century.

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15 December 2012

WCIT: Message, if Murky, From U.S. to the World New York Times

At the global treaty conference on telecommunications here, the United States got most of what it wanted. But then it refused to sign the document and left in a huff.

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14 December 2012

US, UK and Canada refuse to sign UN's internet treaty BBC News

The US, Canada and UK have refused to sign an international communications treaty at a conference in Dubai.

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