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01 November 2006
The work of firms such as Microsoft and Cisco was the centre of a debate about openness at the IGF in Athens.
RSF blasts firms for China Web control (CNN/Reuters)
China's control of the Internet stirred controversy at the first global Internet governance forum on Tuesday when Reporters sans frontières accused western firms of providing Chinese police with technology to limit Web freedom.
Internet Governance Forum takes on China, US (ars technica)
The Internet Governance Forum is meeting in Athens this week, and they've been talking up a storm. The global body was convened under the auspices of the UN after last year's meeting of the WSIS in Tunis, where it was agreed that a global venue for discussing 'Net issues ought to be created. Gathering technocrats, activists, and politicians from around the globe for four days of talking sounds a lot like golf on TV -- wonderful for playing in the background while you take a Sunday afternoon nap -- but in reality has already proved to be quite fascinating. With half the conference concluded, Ars brings you up to speed on what's gone down so far at the IGF.
Annan stresses development role at first ever meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (Islamic Republic News Agency)
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday stressed the importance of using the worldwide net to promote global development as he opened the first ever Internet Governance Forum by encouraging participants to use the four-day gathering to foster dialogue and cooperation.
Internet forum promises democracy to the masses (The Register)
The inaugural meeting of the IGF was opened in Athens yesterday morning by Greek prime minister Konstantinos Karamanlis amid proud claims that the forum represented a new level of democratic thinking at the top of the internet.
Online gambling sites registered in the UK would offer a "hallmark of quality" to players around the world, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell claims.
Sometimes it can be hard coming up with ideas for a weekly opinion column. But there's one well that never seems to go dry (unfortunately). I can always rely on some court or politician making a shortsighted decision that has the potential to hurt the entire technology business and even the Internet itself.
The push for new Internet surveillance capabilities dates back to 1999, when government officials began crafting proposals to institute new surveillance technologies within Canadian communications networks along with additional legal powers to allow surveillance and access subscriber information. The initiative nearly became reality with the Liberal government's introduction of the Modernization of Investigative Techniques Act (MITA) last fall.
YouTube purges more clips (International Herald Tribune/New York Times)
Hitting the financial jackpot may have created some headaches for YouTube. The site late last week began purging copyrighted material from Comedy Central, including clips from YouTube stalwarts like "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," "The Colbert Report" and "South Park."
us: Black arts of politics move into cyberspace (The Times)
Coming soon to a polling station near you -- or at least a computer screen -- may be some of the blackest and newest arts of American politics. The latest weapons in the campaign for control of Congress, known by names such as Google bombing and Wikipedia vandalism, have been deployed to varying effect in the US elections, which are more reliant than ever before on such techniques.
au: Watchdog eyes net rules (The Australian)
Any attempt by internet service providers to favour some online services or restrict others will be examined by the competition regulator, which is looking at the thorny issue of net neutrality.
au: Online predator threat on rise (Australian IT)
More internet child sex predators are facing court, and most offenders are quick to plead guilty, according to Australian Federal Police online child sex exploitation team co-ordinator Greg Harrigan.
Yoshio Utsumi, a top United Nations official on Monday called for changes in the way the Internet is operated, taking aim at "self-serving justifications" for permitting the United States to preserve its unique influence and authority online.
EU Says Will Press For Uncensored Internet (Nasdaq/Dow Jones)
The European Union will urge countries to uncensor the Internet for its citizens at this week's IGF in Greece, Commission telecom spokesman Martin Selmayr said Monday.
Net governance forum: Hot air or hot opinions? (InfoWorld)
For many critics, the IGF is nothing more than a hot-air event void of any decision-making power. But advocates see the meeting, the first to follow last year's contentious WSIS, as an opportunity to set the tone for future discussions on who should govern the Internet and how.
ICANN is co-hosting two workshops that will run in parallel to the IGF main sessions. The purpose of the workshop, co-hosted with ISOC, is to discuss the importance of participating in the processes of key Internet organisations and mechanisms, to show how one can participate and, importantly, how to locally build the appropriate expertise and capacity to successfully contribute. Different perspectives on participation and engagement by different communities and stakeholders will be explored with an emphasis on encouraging a discussion of practical examples and key learnings for increasing participation, particularly from communities that are typically under-represented.
Vint Cerf's opening remarks address the structure of the internet, International Domain Names, interoperability, IPv6 and more.
au: Virtual world: tax man cometh (Sydney Morning Herald)
People making virtual fortunes in virtual worlds such as World of Warcraft or Second Life could face a real tax bill, the Australian Tax Office warns.
31 October 2006
The global inter-operability of the internet needs to be preserved, Vint Cerf told a global gathering in Athens. He said the ability for everyone and every device to connect to the net using a simple protocol was the backbone of the internet. But changes to the way the net works, to accommodate a multi-lingual internet, raised concerns.
The Internet Governance Forum takes place in Athens from 30 October, at which the future of the net will be discussed by thousands of stakeholders - governments, organisations, companies and individuals. But what does the UK have at stake in the discussions?
IGF: Why you should care (The Register)
The inaugural meeting of the IGF will be opened today at 10am by the Greek prime minister in Athens, starting the gun on four days of discussion that many hope will provide answers to some of the internet's biggest problems.
Greek blogger arrest infuriates world (The Register)
The arrest of a blogger by Greek police just days before Athens hosts the inaugural meeting of the IGF has left the blogosphere in uproar and the authorities with egg on their face.
Global net forum opens its doors - online and off (The Register)
Ordinary internet users will have a chance to make points and ask questions of the world's governments, not to mention business, engineers and media, over the next four days as the IGF opens its doors - both physically and online - for the first time.
Internet expansion 'will happen in developing countries' (The Sunday Post (Ireland))
Asia will drive a massive online expansion by the end of the decade, helped by computer sharing and emerging mobile phone technology, the United Nation's top Internet official has predicted.
Two years ago George Bush told the world about things he'd heard on "the internets". Since then the US president has progressed, becoming more familiar with the hi-tech world he leads.