Governance

25 November 2013

The de-Americanization of the Internet Heartland blog

America's creation of the Internet, and the phenomenal innovation and benefits it has spawned, has changed the world. However, now that the Internet is maturing, the world is changing the Internet.

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22 November 2013

Icann chief: shift away from US 'is the way forward' The Guardian

The internet's main governing body for the control of domain names has indicated a further shift away from its US roots as it gears up for a London meeting in December to discuss internet governance.

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04 November 2013

NSA surveillance may cause breakup of internet, warn experts The Guardian

The vast scale of online surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden is leading to the breakup of the internet as countries scramble to protect private or commercially sensitive emails and phone records from UK and US security services, according to experts and academics.

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02 November 2013

Will NSA revelations lead to the Balkanisation of the internet? The Guardian

There has been criticism of America's National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ from Latin American nations, and close allies such as France and Germany, have expressed dismay. The European Union's internal market commissioner, Michel Barnier, has called for a "European data cloud", while its justice commissioner, Viviane Reding, has declared Monday's European parliament vote on new data protection rules to be "Europe's declaration of independence".

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29 October 2013

At IGF, Glimpses Of Future IP Governance Overshadowed By Mass Surveillance IP Watch

Away from traditional free trade agreement negotiations with secret chapters on stricter intellectual property protection, perceptions are slowly evolving about the need to make IP systems work better. One of 100 sessions at the 8th United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Bali, Indonesia last week featured "intellectual property exchanges" as marketplaces for knowledge. But IP policy did not take centre stage and neither did other access topics in Bali, which instead was overshadowed by the recent revelations of mass surveillance by US intelligence services.

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25 October 2013

The Battle for Power on the Internet by Bruce Schneier The Atlantic

Distributed citizen groups and nimble hackers once had the edge. Now governments and corporations are catching up. Who will dominate in the decades ahead?

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22 October 2013

Bali IGF: Surveillance, Human Rights, Governance Of Internet Resources, "Multistakeholderism" IP Watch

The revelations of mass surveillance by the US and other intelligence services are expected to considerably influence the 8th Internet Governance Forum in Bali, Indonesia this week.

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Why the Internet needs proper governance: Though there is a exponential rise in the number of Internet users, the trend is not necessarily bridging the digital divide Live Mint

If you thought that no one controls the Internet, that it has no borders and needs no governance, it may border on the naivete.

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17 October 2013

What Does It Mean for the U.S. to 'Lose Control of the Internet?' The NSA revelations have thrown open an Internet governance dispute that seemed resolved. What’s next? The Atlantic

Is the U.S. losing control of the Internet? That's how some are interpreting a statement released in October by 10 organizations central to the Internet's operation.

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12 October 2013

The US is losing control of the internet Wired

All of the major internet organisations have pledged, at a summit in Uruguay, to free themselves of the influence of the US government.

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28 September 2013

At UN, Estonian President stresses Internet governance in development United Nations

In his speech to the United Nations General Assembly today, the President of Estonia highlighted the use of modern information and communication technologies (ICT) to drive development and the importance of international law to preserve Internet freedom while protecting citizens from cyber crime.

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19 September 2013

Protecting the open Internet may require defunding the ITU. Here's how to do it. Washington Post

In the past week, two senior U.S. officials, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and Republican Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.) were quoted as saying the United States should pull funding from the International Telecommunication Union, at least as a last resort, if the U.N. telecommunications body persists in its attempts to regulate the Internet.

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10 September 2013

Global rules to govern Net sought People's Daily

All nations should work together to build a multilateral, democratic and transparent international order for Internet governance within the United Nations framework, the top official of China's regulatory body on Internet information said on Monday.

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09 September 2013

Policy, not tech, threatens the Internet's progress, Cerf warns Computerworld

The main threat to the future of the Internet lies in attempts to control the Internet through governance policy, according to Google executive and "godfather" of the Internet, Vint Cerf.

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05 September 2013

Vint Cerf: Governance policy is biggest threat to the Internet, not technology Computerworld

The main threat to the future of the Internet lies in attempts to control the internet through governance policy, according to Google executive and 'god-father' of the Internet, Vint Cerf.

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18 July 2013

Human rights on the internet: online, you have rights too The Guardian

The European convention of human rights is not popular in the UK. Nor is the European court of human rights, given its role in the Abu Qatada extradition affair. Despite a belief that civil liberties are a domestic matter, mobilisation against the UK communications data bill highlighted how governmental snooping of ordinary people online is very much about human rights, like privacy and freedom of expression, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and British law.

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12 June 2013

Understanding the New Frontier: Internet Governance Trade-Offs by Andrew Reddie, research associate in the International Institutions and Global Governance program Council on Foreign Relations

The nation could be forgiven its current case of technological whiplash. Last week it learned that the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court had ordered Verizon to collect all of its customers' data between January and April of this year. Then came Ed Snowden's claims of the massive breadth of the NSA's PRISM program, and the news that Microsoft has, along with the FBI, neutralized over ten thousand botnets in "Operation Citadel." These revelations suggested that the boundaries between privacy and the surveillance state had shifted fundamentally, with profound legal, security, and social ramifications.

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05 June 2013

EU Net neutrality plan to outlaw throttling, site-blocking CNET

Internet service providers will be barred from blocking or throttling customers' access to services that rival their own under new Net neutrality rules that could soon be enforced across Europe

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31 May 2013

The Geopolitics of the Internet: Seeing the Negotiating Table Council for Foreign Relations

Will the Internet's future resemble its past? That seems increasingly unlikely, given the growing influence of new global powers, the determination of many governments to control Internet access and content, and the difficulties of balancing security and civil liberties. This was the take-home message at a meeting last week on "The Geopolitics of Internet Governance," hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The coming transformation may well challenge the longstanding U.S. vision of an open network whose governance remains largely in private hands.

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20 May 2013

Part Three: Who Controls the Internet? Government Technology

In part one and part two of our three-part series, we discussed attempts to regulate the Internet both nationally and globally. Though the future of internet governance is unknown, as regulatory agencies and governments clamp down, cooperation between Internet advoacy groups and regulatory agencies could help avoid increased Internet censorship or possible balkanization.

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18 May 2013

Part Two: Who Controls the Internet? Government Technology

In part one of our three-part series, we discussed America's attempts to regulate the Internet -- and many Americans are concerned about the Internet moving away from its current governance model, for good reason.

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17 May 2013

Who Controls the Internet? Part One Government Technology

The idea that anyone is controlling the Internet runs contrary to common knowledge. The Web has a tradition of hosting free content with relatively little government or regulatory interference, and is today backed by a fervent army of supporters ready to defend a free and open platform.

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Significant progress on key issues of Internet Governance: ITU Conference gathers stakeholders from government, industry and civil society to debate international Internet public policy-related issues International Telecommunication Union

"This year's WTPF, with its focus on international Internet-related public policy matters, is especially timely - as we stand at a 'tipping point', with the Internet making the transition from a mass-market in industrialized countries, to strong demand and widespread usage around the world", said Dr Touré, as the ITU's fifth World Telecommunication Policy Forum concluded in Geneva today.

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ITU World Telecommunication Policy Forum Closes Focused on Continuing Open Dialogue ISOC

Today, the World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) came to a close with robust debate among all stakeholders about the role of government in Internet governance. Throughout the meeting, the Internet Society participated in dialogue that focused on several key areas, including the significant role of Internet exchange points as a means of enhancing Internet connectivity, the need for timely deployment of IPv6, and the importance of the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance.

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16 May 2013

Too Many Stakeholders Spoil the Soup Foreign Policy

Back in December, governments from around the world convened in Dubai to update the treaty that governs the international telecommunications system -- but negotiations failed due to concerns that the revised agreement could make Internet companies from Google to Tumblr, and not just traditional telecom companies, subject to its provisions. These international rules would have slowed innovation by bringing the Internet into a system designed for state-run telecom monopolies. Fifty-five governments, including most of the liberal democracies, refused to sign the updated treaty.

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