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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13 December 2012

Riches draw attention to internet groups: As countries struggle, the big success of companies such as Google has become hard to ignore Financial Times

What do a spat over the taxes that Google and Amazon pay in the UK and a multinational conference on the internet taking place in Dubai have in common?

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Vint Cerf: The Internet doesn't need the ITU's help Computerworld

Work under way to draft new regulations at the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai this week could harm the Internet, warned Internet pioneer and Google executive Vint Cerf.

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U.N. summit rejects U.S., Europe hands-off-the-Internet plea CNET

Delegates to a United Nations summit agreed today that a U.N. body should take a more "active" role in shaping the future of the Internet, a move that had been opposed by the United States and its allies that had warned of greater government control.

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12 December 2012

Russia backtracks on internet governance proposals; Compromise emerges BBC News

Russian-backed proposals calling for 193 countries to be given "equal rights to manage the internet" have been pulled at a UN conference in Dubai.

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11 December 2012

Divisions over internet governance intensify in Dubai BBC News

Rival visions over governance of the internet have emerged at a UN conference in Dubai. Russia, the UAE and others are proposing that 193 countries have "equal rights to manage the internet" including its technical specifications.

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10 December 2012

Russia, China alliance wants greater govt voice in Internet oversight Reuters

A Russia-led proposal calling for sweeping new governmental powers to regulate cyberspace could enable countries to block some Web locations and wrest control of allotting Internet addresses from a U.S.-based body.

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08 December 2012

Internet governance talks in jeopardy as Arab states, Russia ally Reuters

A landmark attempt to set global rules for overseeing the Internet threatened to fall apart on Friday as a rift pitting the United States and some Western countries against the rest of the world widened, participants in the talks said.

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07 December 2012

Drafters of Communications Treaty Are Split on Issue of Internet Governance New York Times

Nearly a week into a global conference to draft a treaty on the future of international telecommunications, delegates remain divided on a fundamental question: should the Internet feature in the discussions?

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ITU meeting 'no threat to free speech' by Dr Hamadoun Toure CNN

Modern communications are an essential foundation for the social and economic opportunities that everyone deserves. The World Conference on International Telecommunications, currently taking place in Dubai, is a golden opportunity to provide affordable connectivity for all, including the billions of people worldwide who cannot yet go online.

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