Governance

28 September 2012

ISOC ties up with Ficci to promote Internet in India Business Standard

The Internet Society, a global body which promotes internet-related standards, education and policy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci).

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24 September 2012

EU telcos defend UN Internet takeover plans CNET

A trade association of 41 European telephone companies responded last week to mounting concerns over its controversial proposal to turn Internet traffic management over to the International Telecommunications Union, a regulatory body of the United Nations.

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20 September 2012

China pushes for Internet cooperation among emerging countries Xinhua

A senior information technology official on Tuesday said China hopes to boost Internet-related cooperation with other emerging countries and contribute to "global Internet prosperity."

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US Senate Panel Approves Internet Freedom Resolution Tech Daily Dose

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution calling on the United States to prevent the United Nations from having a greater role in governing the Internet.

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10 September 2012

The ITU and the Internet's Titanic Moment by Patrick S. Ryan Stanford Technology Law Review

Try this: Mention the International Telecommunication Union to a few casual Internet users, Netizens, or even the most senior-level computer programmers and technology experts and gauge their reaction. Few are likely to know what you're talking about. Most will likely think you're referring to either a telecommunications labor union or some kind of international working group.

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06 September 2012

Tim Berners-Lee: the internet has no off switch The Guardian

There is no "off switch" for the internet, says the British inventor of the world wide web - and that is a good thing, because it could only be undone by governments around the world coordinating to turn it into a centralised system.

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05 September 2012

US Democrats push for open Internet, cybersecurity Washington Post

Democrats late Sunday reiterated support for open Internet policies that protect free speech and consumer choice, stronger cybersecurity laws and the protection of movies and songs from online copyright violations.

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27 August 2012

No need for UN to take over internet, says EU digital chief ZDNet

EU digital commissioner Neelie Kroes opposes handing control of the internet over to the UN's telecommunications agency, she said on Friday.

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23 August 2012

The fight for control of the internet has become critical: If plans to put cyberspace under a secretive UN agency go through, states' censoring of the web will be globally enshrined by John Kampfner, former chief executive of Index on Censorship The Guardian

In horror movies, the scariest moments usually come from the monster you can't see. So the same goes for real life, or at least online life. Over the past few years, largely out of sight, governments have been clawing back freedoms on the internet, turning an invention that was designed to emancipate the individual into a tool for surveillance and control. In the next few months, this process is set to be enshrined internationally, amid plans to put cyberspace under the authority of a largely secretive and obscure UN agency.

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15 August 2012

Bono Mack Urges Senate Action on Net Resolution Tech Daily Dose

After the House unanimously passed a non-binding resolution opposing international efforts to regulate the Internet, the measure's author called on the Senate Tuesday to take swift action to take up the legislation.

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14 August 2012

Keep Partisan Politics Out of Internet Policy by Leslie Harris, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology Huffington Post

Is there anything to be gained by interjecting the strangling kudzu of partisan politics into Internet policy? I strongly doubt it and that's why I am frankly mystified by the Competitive Enterprise Institute's (CEI) Fred Campbell's bombastic and highly partisan July 26 opinion piece in the Atlantic calling on conservatives to join the fight for Internet freedom. His hypothesis seems to be that progressives are "winning" in their efforts to subvert the open Internet and deliver it into the clutches of "government control." Really?

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09 August 2012

The United Nations and the Internet: It's Complicated - A battle is brewing, but the black helicopters are not about to invade by Rebecca Mackinnon Foreign Policy

On Aug. 2, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution urging the White House to stop an obscure U.N. agency from asserting greater control over the Internet. It is the "consistent and unequivocal policy of the United States," the lawmakers affirmed, "to promote a global Internet free from government control and preserve and advance the successful multistakeholder model that governs the Internet today."

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06 August 2012

ITU Not Seeking Seizure of ICANN's Role, But Wants Them To Work Together

US bodies that oversee the internet's technical specifications and domain name system are at the heart of speculation over a push from largely developing nations, and in particular the BRICS countries, for control of the internet to be put under the United Nations, reports the BBC.

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05 August 2012

Blogging ITU: Internet Users Will Be Ignored Again if Flawed ITU Proposals Gain Traction Electronic Frontier Foundation

When the European Parliament rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement after hundreds of thousands of Europeans took to the streets in protest, it signaled disappointment in some of the extreme IP policies encouraged by ACTA that threatened the functioning of the Internet. But at the same time, the protests reflected a sweeping rejection of the secretive, government-directed process that spawned the agreement in the first place. The world's Internet users showed that they are no longer willing to accept outdated and counterproductive policies born out of closeted discussions that fail to take into account the interests of ordinary people.

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04 August 2012

US resists control of internet passing to UN agency BBC News

The US has confirmed it would resist efforts to put the internet under the control of the United Nations.

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29 July 2012

UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Internet and Human Rights a Step in the Right Direction Electronic Frontier Foundation

Earlier this month, the 47 member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a landmark Resolution (A/HRC/20/L.13) to include the "promotion, protection, and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet." The Resolution, which was presented by Sweden, was backed by more than 70 countries in all, both members and non-members of the HRC.

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24 July 2012

European Commission opens public consultation on preservation of the open internet (net neutrality) Europa

The European Commission is today launching a public consultation seeking answers to questions on transparency, switching and certain aspects of internet traffic management, with a view to its commitment to preserve the open and neutral character of the Internet.

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22 July 2012

The ITU and the Internet's Titanic Moment by Patrick S. Ryan Stanford Technology Law Review

Abstract: The International Telecommunication Union is making moves to get into the world of Internet governance. Many haven't heard of the ITU, and this essay provides some historical background by first looking at the events that took place 100 years ago at the time of the sinking of the Titanic.

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UN's ITU Could Become Next Internet Freedom Threat by Edward J. Black Huffington Post

Internet freedom is again under fire for ostensibly noble reasons. After a narrow escape from Congress's SOPA legislation, Internet freedom is in the international crosshairs of a large group of nations, including many of the world's most undemocratic governments, seeking to give themselves control over Internet policy. Their target is the creation of new international legal rules that would allow them to legitimately impose censorship and monitor users' online activities.

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Internet's openness threatened by politics by Anna Eshoo, San Francisco Chronicle

In Silicon Valley, the innovation capital of our country, new ideas are born every day, and the platform driving much of this new innovation is a free and open Internet.

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18 July 2012

Stop Balkanizing the Internet by Marietje Schaake, Dutch Member of the European Parliament Huffington Post

The government of Ethiopia has announced a ban on the use of a wide range of Internet communication services. According to reports, the draft Telecom Law criminalizes the use of Skype and other Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. Violators face a high financial penalty or a 15 year prison sentence. In practice, the law would also mean that all Internet traffic of 85 million Ethiopians will be monitored. End of story for unrestricted Internet access, freedom of expression and access to information online. The subsequent international outcry has forced the government to clarify its intentions and signalled a possible backtracking of the initial plans. Proposals like these show that authoritarian regimes are wary of losing their grip on power due to the Internet. They desperately seek to regain it by imposing new rules and regulations.

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08 July 2012

U.N. Affirms Internet Freedom as a Basic Right New York Times

Will Internet companies help or hinder government authorities that try to restrict their citizens from using the Web freely? And will their customers, investors or shareholders care enough to do something about it?

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07 July 2012

Internet Governance, or Just Governing the Internet? by Leslie Harris, President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology Huffington Post

Yes, yes, got it: There is no International Telecommunications Union plot to take over the Internet.

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02 July 2012

Widespread Participation Is Key in Internet Governance Electronic Frontier Foundation

Several governments are pushing for proposals that seek to draw borders around the global Internet. With big decisions at stake, it's critical that Internet users understand the threats and have a meaningful say in the final outcome. At a panel held in Washington, D.C. June 26 to highlight global threats to Internet governance, much of the discussion revolved around multistakeholder processes, or the involvement of all stakeholders in Internet policy making discussions on equal footing.

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25 June 2012

Crovitz: The U.N.'s Internet Power Grab: Leaked documents show a real threat to the international flow of information Wall Street Journal

It's easy to understand why countries like Russia, China and Iran would want to rewire the Internet, cutting off access to their citizens and undermining the idea of a World Wide Web. What's more surprising is that U.S. diplomats are letting authoritarian regimes hijack an obscure U.N. agency to undermine how the Internet works, including for Americans.

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