Governance

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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Putin calls internet a 'CIA project' renewing fears of web breakup The Guardian

Vladimir Putin gave his clearest signal yet that he aims to break up the global nature of the internet when he branded the network a "CIA project" on Thursday.

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24 April 2014

Brazil's Rousseff praises U.S. for relaxing grip on Internet Reuters

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff praised the United States on Wednesday for its decision to ease control over the Internet and called for a more democratic, transparent network following the U.S. National Security Agency spying scandal.

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22 April 2014

Washington on back foot in web negotiations Financial Times

A meeting in Brazil this week will reveal whether Washington has succeeded in preventing international anger over the Edward Snowden revelations clouding discussions about future governance of the internet.

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U.S. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet. Some Nations Push for New Supervisory Body Wall Street Journal

The U.S. has agreed to give up supervision of the Internet policy-making body that controls domain names, hoping to satisfy countries that want more international control over the Internet. This week, Washington will find out if its actions have eased global tensions over its cyberspying activities.

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18 April 2014

Brazil welcomes world wide web's wonks Financial Times

President Dilma Rousseff is not known for her fondness of foreign policy. But last year, the US gave her the inspiration she needed to embark on an international crusade when it was revealed that Washington was spying on her phone calls. Furious at this affront, the Brazilian leader called on the United Nations annual general assembly to push for better governance of the internet.

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02 April 2014

Get Ready for the Internet Robber Barons: If the United Nations ends up in charge, it would have a chokehold on the global economy Wall Street Journal

Do you remember the original robber barons? No, they were not the great American industrialists/philanthropists of the late 19th century -- men who were unfairly tagged with the moniker. I mean the originals: the German barons of the 13th century who controlled the Rhine River, which was the primary channel of commerce and communications for central Europe. Their castles overlooked the river, and they exacted tribute from every passing ship.

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14 March 2014

US stranglehold undermines 'free and open' web Wired

The rhetoric of a 'free and open' web espoused by Tim Berners-Lee is undermined by America's disproportionate influence over it, argues Julia Powles in this guest column

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13 March 2014

'Nothing Is Perfect': Tim Berners-Lee on 25 Years of the Web Der Spiegel

Twenty-five years ago today, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. In an interview, he looks back on his creation -- its strengths, the threats it poses and how Edward Snowden's revelations have raised awareness about Internet integrity.

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The Future of Internet Freedom by Eric E. Schmidt (Google) and Jared Cohen (Google Ideas) New York Times

Over the next decade, approximately five billion people will become connected to the Internet. The biggest increases will be in societies that, according to the human rights group Freedom House, are severely censored: places where clicking on an objectionable article can get your entire extended family thrown in prison, or worse.

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12 March 2014

Sir Tim Berners-Lee: World wide web needs bill of rights BBC News

The inventor of the world wide web has marked the 25th anniversary of his creation by calling for a 'Magna Carta' bill of rights to protect its users.

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10 March 2014

IGP Proposes Roadmap For Globalising IANA

The Internet Governance Project has released what they describe as "an innovative proposal to resolve the 15-year controversy over the United States government's special relationship to ICANN."

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24 February 2014

India working on better internet governance: Deora Times of India

In order to strengthen cybersecurity programmes and safeguard secrecy of internet communication, the government is encouraging Indian IT firms to set up their servers in the country, the Parliament was informed today.

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18 February 2014

For an unfettered Internet The Hindu

While the United Nations does excellent work in peacekeeping and developing friendly relations among nations, it has severe limitations of expertise, speed and, above all, transparency, when it comes to decisions related to Internet policy

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14 February 2014

Irate over spying, EU barks up wrong regulatory tree Wall Street Journal

Neelie Kroes' call for more globalization of the way the internet is run isn't the first attempt to use allegations about NSA spying to bolster Europe's position and give new impetus to existing reform efforts.

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13 February 2014

Hands Off the Internet, EU Tech Chief Warns U.S., UN Wall Street Journal

European Union technology chief Neelie Kroes staked out territory for the bloc at the center of reforming the Internet's infrastructure, saying control shouldn't be handed to the United Nations.

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