Governance

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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24 January 2015

Davos bosses fret over threats to Internet free trade Reuters

Business leaders pushing for frictionless free trade have something new to worry about: the potential break-up of the Internet, which today forms the backbone of the global economy.

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20 November 2014

Governments Can't Control the Internet, Gatekeeper Says Bloomberg

ICANN, the gatekeeper for Web addresses, said government attempts to impose rules on the Internet are doomed to fail as the group seeks to end its own formal ties with U.S. legislators.

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18 November 2014

ISOC, Civil Society Unhappy With NETmundial Initiative - "Not Consistent With Democracy"

In a statement issued last Sunday, the Internet Society (ISOC) has declared it "cannot agree to participate in or endorse the Coordination Council for the NETmundial Initiative". The initiative was also criticised in a separate statement by the civil society group Just Net Coalition who stated "such initiatives are not consistent with democracy". The move was described as a "a 'UN Security Council' for the internet - which would rule over the online world" by Kieren McCarthy.

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07 November 2014

Governance advocates see crowd-sourcing as way to fix Internet ills Reuters

Responding to a dizzying array of issues that threaten to break the Internet, from privacy to tax dodging to cybercrime, a group of the world's leading governance organisations say greater user involvement, not top-down control, is needed.

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06 November 2014

ITU Plenipotentiary Conference: Internet Governance Diplomacy On Display IP Watch

The much belaboured takeover of the internet by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union again has not taken place. Instead, ITU member states gathered at the Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, South Korea, this week rather smoothly passed a set of internet-related resolutions that will, once the closing plenary adopts them, preserve the limited status quo of involvement of the UN organisation responsible for telecommunication and radio frequencies in internet-related public policy issues.

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03 November 2014

After America: Who should govern the Internet? ABC Radio National

The United States has signalled its willingness to give up its unofficial stewardship role of the Internet. Who should take over, and who will?

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23 October 2014

The ITU and Unbundling Internet Governance Council on Foreign Relations

At this month's Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Busan, South Korea, India will argue that the ITU has a role to play in Internet governance: first, because the Internet cannot be separated from telecommunications; and, second, because countries have legitimate security and access issues that are best addressed through multilateral institutions.

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22 October 2014

Russia Says National Governments Should Control the Internet Moscow Times

Russia has called for international regulations cementing state control over the Internet, arguing that national governments are otherwise left vulnerable to information attacks by foreign powers.

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21 October 2014

ITU gives public more access to talks on future of the Internet Computerworld

Members of the public will be able to eavesdrop on intergovernmental negotiations about the future of the Internet that began Monday in Busan, South Korea, after participants voted to webcast the meetings.

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30 September 2014

Cisco: The Internet Needs More Control New York Times

Cisco Systems is making an unusual case for itself: The Internet must be subject to a higher amount of control, and big companies will work with governments to make that possible.

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