Governance

28 September 2014

Tim Berners-Lee calls for internet bill of rights to ensure greater privacy The Observer

The inventor of the world wide web has warned that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.

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16 September 2014

No one group should govern Internet, says Australian Communications Minister Computerworld

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged world leaders to maintain a multi-stakeholder model for governance of the Internet as the United States releases its stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).

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12 September 2014

Forums on internet governance reveal tensions over how the web should be regulated by Arne Hintz, Lecturer in Media at Cardiff University The Conversation

How the internet is governed is no longer a matter seen fit to be left to mere technical committees. With the extent of online surveillance, so dramatically revealed by the Snowden files, increased content filtering and blocking, and the issue of net neutrality, which would allow telecoms firms to "create fast web lanes" for some companies, it is a contentious area with major social and political implications.

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08 September 2014

European Commission position for Internet Governance Forum 2014 Europa

The 2014 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 2-5 September. This UN-initiated body is a multi-stakeholder, non-decision making forum of global importance for forward-looking discussions on Internet issues. Ministers and Internet leaders, including Neelie Kroes, will discuss the theme "Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance".

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25 August 2014

How the web lost its way – and its founding principles The Guardian

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web 24 years ago he thought he'd created an egalitarian tool that would share information for the greater good. But it hasn't quite worked out like that. What went wrong?

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20 August 2014

How to Save the Net: Keep It Open by Vint Cerf Wired

For all of its history, the Internet has enjoyed the fruits of an openness principle: the idea that anyone can reach any site online and that information and data should be freely exchangeable. Applications such as YouTube and Skype have been introduced without the need to seek permission of any Internet service provider or government. Nearly 3 billion users enjoy myriad mobile apps and other Internet-based services thanks to the open standards, common interfaces, and rich connectivity that permissionless innovation has delivered.

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13 July 2014

The Future Internet World Order Time

Pay attention to the "swing states" that will determine the future of Internet governance, which depends on a reshuffling of the prevailing world order.

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10 July 2014

A truly global internet must be affordable in all countries by Mark Zuckerberg Wall Street Journal

There have been moments in history where the invention of new technology has completely rewired the way our society lives and works.

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01 July 2014

"The Internet has an unlimited future": Vint Cerf Deutsche Welle

Addressing the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, U.S. Internet pioneer Vint Cerf foresees that "the network has only invented one or two percent of all the possible applications that it could support."

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27 June 2014

China Launches Campaign To Control The Internet China Topix

China's communist government intends to impose on the Internet the same "guiding principles" it currently uses to stifle online dissent within China.

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26 June 2014

The End of the Internet? How regional networks may replace the World Wide Web The Atlantic

The World Wide Web celebrated its 25th birthday recently. Today the global network serves almost 3 billion people, and hundreds of thousands more join each day. If the Internet were a country, its economy would be among the five largest in the world.

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05 June 2014

The Future of the Internet is at a Crossroads by Joao Schwarz da Silva London School of Economics blog

Discussion on the future shape of the Internet has been raging for some years now. Issues debated have included net neutrality, the "Internet of things", trust and privacy in the online world, freedom of expression, government control, the right to be forgotten and governance of personal data, and the list does not stop there. In Europe legislation is in the works at Union and national levels addressing these issues with net neutrality and data protection proving highly contentious, and European courts have recently weighed in against industry on the right to be forgotten.

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22 May 2014

EU urges U.S. to move faster to end Internet monopoly Reuters

The European Commission on Wednesday urged the United States to speed up its promised efforts to dilute U.S. influence over the governance of the Internet, saying it was time for America's monopoly to come to an end.

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18 May 2014

No, Barack Obama Isn't Handing Control of the Internet Over to China New Republic

On March 14, the U.S. government announced that it would seek to relinquish a privileged role in the management of Internet names and numbers. An organization called ICANN -- the non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers -- is to continue doing what it's doing without maintaining an ongoing contract with the Department of Commerce to do it.

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10 May 2014

Why The Global Battle For Control Of The Internet Can't Be Won Fast Company

Censoring regimes in Turkey, Russia, China, Iran, and elsewhere are forcing activists to fight for their right to information, privacy, and world wide freedom. So it's a good time to know your Virtual Private Networks from your Deep Packet Inspections.

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09 May 2014

House panel votes to delay U.S. ceding oversight of Internet addresses Reuters

A U.S. Congressional panel on Thursday advanced a bill opposed by the Obama administration that would delay a plan to cede U.S. oversight of the nonprofit group that manages the Internet's infrastructure.

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07 May 2014

We Need a Magna Carta for the Internet by Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web; founder World Wide Web Foundation Huffington Post

Twenty-five years ago, when the Internet had been running for 20 years, there was internet mail and net news and remote login, but there was no web. No web sites, web pages, links. So I invented the World Wide Web. As the project grew, I needed collaborators. To achieve that, I went to the Internet technical community.

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01 May 2014

A Major Win for the Open Internet by Michael Daniel, Lawrence E. Strickling, Daniel Sepulveda, Christopher Painter and Scott Busby White House/NTIA

Last week, we announced that we were heading to São Paulo, Brazil to attend NETmundial, a global meeting of governments, entrepreneurs, academics, Internet institutions, civil society activists and users to discuss the future of Internet governance. We expressed our hope that NETmundial would make an important contribution to the positive evolution of the Internet and its governance. Our optimism was well-founded. As one of Brazil's leading Internet scholars and chair of Netmundial Virgilio Almeida brought NETmundial to a close, the U.S. government delegation rose in applause. And almost everyone else in the room rose with us.

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The Root and the Solution Brown Political Review

The Internet was born in the United States as a project of the US Department of Defense and has always enjoyed a close relationship with its parent country. But recently, the United States has begun handing over one of the key functions of Internet governance -- control of the Internet's central directory -- to an international body. This shift may seem just. After all, the Internet is a global piece of infrastructure. However, this devolution of control could have unsavory ramifications for online freedom worldwide, especially if the new structure is not transparent.

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At NETmundial, the U.S. Kept Its Companies on the Global Stage Businessweek

For U.S. tech companies, the fallout from revelations about breaches in system security and lack of user privacy has become a legitimate business problem. Mistrust is a competitive disadvantage, as companies from Cisco and Microsoft to Google and Facebook try to expand around the world, especially in fast-growing emerging markets where politicians are happy to promote local businesses as alternatives. In an effort to keep from losing access, representatives of those companies and many others met with governments and universities from around the world at the NETmundial conference in São Paulo last week. The goal was to chart an international course for how the Internet should be managed and for what level of privacy nations and corporations should be able to guarantee.

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29 April 2014

Brazil and Germany must lead on free Internet Deutsche Welle

Germany should capitalize on Brazil's emergence as a key voice for digital rights. The two countries should lead by example and build global coalitions toward an open, free and secure Internet, argues Thorsten Benner.

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28 April 2014

Internet governance: An online Risorgimento The Economist

"If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change." The words, uttered by a Sicilian aristocrat on the eve of Italian unification in Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's classic "The Leopard", neatly sum up the sentiment at NETmundial. The big internet-governance powwow held in São Paulo on April 23rd-24th brought together 1,200-odd participants, including government officials, boffins, representatives of NGOs and business from 97 countries. Most shared a desire to prevent the internet's break-up. This, many believe, requires an overhaul of the way it is run.

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26 April 2014

NETmundial Internet Governance Meeting Closes With Less Than "Rough Consensus" IP Watch

Russia, Cuba, India and the civil society stakeholder group did not agree to the final outcome document of the NETmundial internet governance meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil yesterday.

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25 April 2014

Cerf debunks 'myth' US runs internet SBS

Google executive Vint Cerf, one of people credited with building the internet, says it's a myth to suggest the US controls the technology.

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Internet industry seen as winner at global conference in Brazil Reuters

Internet industry seen as winner at global conference in Brazil Big Internet companies were the clear winners at a global conference hosted by Brazil on the future management of the Web where most participants agreed it should remain a self-regulated space free of government intervention.

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