Governance

26 November 2012

Internet freedom at stake? The Hindu

If you don't work in the telecom sector, chances are you have not heard of the International Telecommunication Union. The influence of this rather obscure Geneva-based UN body is quite striking: it is responsible for everything from managing and allocating spectrum and telecom satellite orbits, to allocating the country dialling codes, and more broadly, setting the standards for the global telecommunications system.

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24 November 2012

Grabbing at governance by Wendy Grossman Wendy Grossman Net Wars

Someday the development of Internet governance will look like a continuous historical sweep whose outcome, in hindsight, is obvious. At the beginning will be one man, Jon Postel, who in the mid-1990s was, if anyone was, the god of the Internet. At the end will be...well, we don't know yet. And the sad thing is that the road to governance is so long and frankly so dull: years of meetings, committees, proposals, debate, redrafted proposals, diplomatic language, and, worst of all, remote from the mundane experience of everyday Internet users, such as spam and whether they can trust their banks' Web sites.

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WCIT: the battle for hearts, minds and the Internet .NXT

It was just after the fifth meeting of the ITU Council Working Group in Geneva in September 2011 that a powerful group of ambassadors, former ambassadors and under-secretaries in the United States decided they had to build public awareness over a series of obscure telecoms regulations - the ITRs - drawn up back in 1988.

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23 November 2012

European Parliament warns against UN internet control BBC News

The UN should not be allowed to take over control of the internet, Euro MPs have warned.

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Civil society & industry oppose India's plans to modify ITRs The Hindu

India's proposal on International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), submitted last month to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the U.N. agency responsible for information and communication technologies, has drawn opposition from, and fears of content control among, civil society and the industry alike.

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21 November 2012

Russians back down from leaked U.N. Internet proposal CNET

The Russian Federation has revised a controversial proposal to turn Internet governance over to the U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union, CNET has learned.

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Ahead Of ITU Summit, Google Wants You To Help Preserve A Free And Open Internet With New Campaign TechCrunch

Today, Google announced a new initiative to support an open and free Internet called "Take Action." The company has set up a website with materials to help educate you on what your rights are and what changes with laws could do to impact the freedoms you enjoy today on the Internet.

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19 November 2012

Internet freedom remains US priority at UN conference PC World

The U.S. delegation to an upcoming United Nations telecom treaty-writing conference will not budge on its positions advocating free speech online and opposing broad new regulations for the Internet, the leader of the delegation said.

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18 November 2012

Social Media, Internet Shutdowns are the Latest Weapons in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Electronic Frontier Foundation

Days ago the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched Operation Pillar of Defense, its latest military operation against Hamas in Gaza, firing over one hundred rockets into the Gaza Strip in response to rockets targeting Israel. The attacks prompted two retaliatory rockets launched from Gaza, targeting Tel Aviv and its suburbs. While the rockets fly and casualties pile up, a parallel conflict is taking place on the Internet and social media.

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17 November 2012

Russia demands broad UN role in Net governance, leak reveals CNET

The Russian Federation is calling on the United Nations to take over key aspects of Internet governance, including addressing and naming, according to documents leaked on Friday from an upcoming treaty conference.

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16 November 2012

Internet and governance in China China Daily

The Internet is influencing governance in China - in most cases for the better. The impact the Internet is having on governance can be gauged from an event on Tuesday, small in scale but huge in significance. The media center of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China organized online discussions between CPC delegates and netizens, which showed how important a channel the Internet has become for the Party to solicit people's opinions.

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15 November 2012

Web's freedom threatened by 'worrisome' rules Sydney Morning Herald

The US faces a tough debate with emerging nations such as India and Brazil at an upcoming UN conference discussing global rules for the internet, the US delegation chief says.

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14 November 2012

Azerbaijan is the wrong place to hold a forum on internet freedom The Guardian

Freedom of expression has been at the top of the agenda this week in Baku at the internet governance forum (IGF), an annual United Nations "multi-stakeholder" meeting. The IGF has previously been held in less democratic states, such as pre-Arab-spring Egypt, and was set up by the UN world summit on the information society, held in Tunisia (and Geneva). But the Azerbaijan government has been particularly vicious in its attacks on journalists and bloggers.

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12 November 2012

Global row as UN body vies for internet control ABC News

A global row has broken out over who should control and profit from the internet after a draft proposal by a United Nations body was published online.

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06 November 2012

Google goes to Azerbaijan to fight for Internet freedom Venture Beat

No, the Google logo is not getting a camo redo. Nor are Google engineers doffing hoodies and donning helmets.

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05 November 2012

Google warns on German copyright bill Financial Times

Germany is leading a growing European movement to let newspaper publishers charge internet search engines for displaying links to their articles - a move market-leader Google warns could cause an internet news blackout.

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UN Internet Governance Forum Looks At Human Rights, New Domains, Who's In Charge IP Watch

Human rights on the internet, the new generic top-level domains, how the net can be managed and ruled - these are main topics on the published agenda of the 7th United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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04 November 2012

Azerbaijan: Shrinking Space for Media Freedom Human Rights Watch

At least eight journalists and three human rights defenders are in jail, and freedom of expression is severely limited in Azerbaijan, the host of the upcoming United Nations-sponsored Internet Governance Forum, Human Rights Watch said in a briefing paper published today. The government should use this opportunity to free imprisoned journalists and activists, decriminalize libel, and end the blanket ban on opposition rallies in the center of the capital, Baku.

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01 November 2012

U.S. Officials: Competition, Commercial Agreements Should Govern Internet Tech Daily Dose

American officials on Wednesday submitted more detailed proposals for preserving a collaborative system of governing the Internet.

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31 October 2012

India changes controversial Internet governance position IFEX

Following outrage from India's civil society and media, it appears the country's government has backed away from its proposal to create a UN body to govern the internet.

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25 October 2012

Internet Society Calls on Policymakers to Preserve the Internet's Openness, Innovation and Interoperability in Proposed Changes to the International Telecommunications Regulations ISOC

During its recent meeting in Toronto, Canada, the Internet Society Board of Trustees called on policymakers, in advance of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in December, to preserve the openness, dynamism, and growth of the Internet when modifying the International Telecommunications Regulations.

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24 October 2012

UN calls to expand internet surveillance BBC News

The internet has become a standard tool for terror groups who use it to spread propaganda, recruit members and raise cash, warns a UN report.

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18 October 2012

Who controls the internet? The Guardian

Ahead of a Google Hangout on the battle for the internet, a look at how tech giants are fighting for supremacy

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The voice of business: why internet governance needs strengthening The Guardian

Jeff Brueggeman of AT&T explains the importance of a free and open web for healthy business

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14 October 2012

'Uncertain' future for the world wide web: Australian IGF ABC News

An international gathering of experts in Canberra has painted an alarming and very uncertain picture for the future of the internet.

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