Governance

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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18 December 2015

CDT Addresses the United Nations General Assembly and Counter-Terrorism Advisor Center for Democracy & Technology

At a time when governments around the world are cracking down on the Internet, the Center for Democracy & Technology is fighting to save a place at the table for civil society in global Internet governance.

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UN Member States outline information technology roadmap to achieve sustainable development United Nations

With the curtain closed on the two-day review by the United Nations General Assembly of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Member States have adopted an outcome document which aims at bridging the digital divide, ensure freedom of speech, and address Internet governance to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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17 December 2015

Xi Jinping calls for 'cyber sovereignty' at internet conference BBC News

China's President Xi Jinping has called on countries to respect one another's "cyber sovereignty" and different internet governance models.

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11 December 2015

Post-2015 WSIS Agenda Must Be Forward-Looking, Multistakeholder and Development Focused Center for Democracy and Technology

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) review process is in its final stages. The multistakeholder component of the review came to a close in early November and the process is now in the hands of governments alone. The final outcomes document will be agreed at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.

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11 November 2015

‘Turn digital divides into digital opportunities,’ Ban tells annual UN forum on Internet governance United Nations

To cover the "breadth and depth" of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals, the potential of the data revolution must be explored through the use of new and non-traditional sources of data, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed at the 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which opened today in João Pessoa, Brazil.

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04 August 2015

Internet experts submit draft plan for U.S. to cede domain oversight Reuters

After months of work, a group of international Internet experts has released a proposal describing how the U.S. government can complete its domestically controversial plan to cede oversight of the non-profit that manages the Internet's names and addresses.

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02 August 2015

Landmark EU and US Net Neutrality Decisions: How Might Pending Decisions Impact Internet Fragmentation? Centre for International Governance Innovation

During the past decade, net neutrality has become a central issue in the debate over further development of the Internet. At a time when the United States has just adopted a landmark regulation on net neutrality and the European Union is in the final stages of defining its own position on net neutrality, this paper looks ahead and analyzes the implications of these decisions with a particular focus on their impact on Internet fragmentation.

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24 July 2015

CIGI-Windsor Law IP law clinic offers model to protect early-stage innovations on global stage Centre for International Governance Innovation

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the University of Windsor's Faculty of Law are filling a crucial innovation gap in business services available to entrepreneurs in Canada by providing early-stage startups with access to pro bono intellectual property legal advice. The joint law clinic serves as a model to raise Canada's innovation profile on a global scale.

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05 June 2015

COE: ICANN should strengthen its mechanisms to respect human rights Council of Europe

The Council of Europe has called upon its 47 member states to ensure that ICANN creates adequate mechanisms to identify, prevent and mitigate possible breaches to human rights in its work, notably the rights to freedom of expression and privacy.

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14 May 2015

Is the UN finally moving beyond Internet governance to focus on what really matters? by Nick Ashton-Hart Council on Foreign Relations

Unless you are obliged to follow the intergovernmental calendar of meetings in Geneva, you are probably not aware that a UN body called the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) met last week. The CSTD meets annually to monitor the implementation of targets set in 2003 and 2005 by the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS). Last week's meeting was particularly important because it partly defined what the UN General Assembly will consider when heads of state meet in December 2015 to review the last ten years of the WSIS process and decide the next steps.

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08 May 2015

Safeguarding the Open Internet by Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party Project Syndicate

Proposals regarding Internet governance are bound to generate serious friction. The online world, after all, has provided enormous opportunities to billions of denizens, largely because it has never been governed.

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15 April 2015

Toward a Social Compact for Digital Privacy and Security: Statement by the Global Commission on Internet Governance OurInternet.org

On the occasion of the April 2015 Global Conference on Cyberspace meeting in The Hague, the Commission calls on the global community to build a new social compact between citizens and their elected representatives, the judiciary, law enforcement and intelligence agencies, business, civil society and the Internet technical community, with the goal of restoring trust and enhancing confidence in the Internet.

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15 March 2015

UNESCO launches a new publication on the role of Internet intermediaries UNESCO

"Fostering Freedom Online: the Role of Internet Intermediaries" is the title of a new title in the UNESCO Internet freedom series. With the rise of Internet intermediaries that play a mediating role on the internet between authors of content and audiences, UNESCO took a joint initiative, with the Open Society Foundations, the Internet Society, and Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, to examine this recent historical phenomenon and how it impacts on freedom of expression and associated fundamental rights such as privacy.

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05 March 2015

UNESCO #NetStudy Connects the Dots for online access, freedom of expression, privacy and ethics UNESCO

What measures should UNESCO advocate to ensure that the internet serves the interests of the largest number of users? What action needs to be taken to apply the rights proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights -- notably freedom to impart information and opinion, and privacy -- online, as well as offline?

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02 February 2015

15 Years On, President Clinton's 5 Principles for Internet Policy Remain the Perfect Paradigm Forbes

What principles should guide Internet policy? Fifteen years ago, the Clinton Administration proposed a paradigm for how cyberspace should be governed that remains the most succinct articulation of a pro-liberty, market-oriented vision for cyberspace ever penned. It recommended that we rely on civil society, contractual negotiations, voluntary agreements, and ongoing marketplace experiments to solve information age problems. In essence, they were recommending a high-tech Hippocratic oath: First, do no harm (to the Internet).

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