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 will discuss the theme "Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance".
The 9th IGF will also address topics raised at the NETmundial conference in Brazil earlier this year, including net neutrality, the role and responsibilities of different stakeholders, jurisdiction issues and the application of Internet governance principles. IGF participants will also respond to the NETmundial statement.
The IGF is what the UN calls a “multi-stakeholder” gathering, which means it’s not just government
The fifth Kenya Internet Governance Forum was held quietly in Nairobi two weeks ago, without government representation for the second year running. Reports John Walubengo
Whereas the government is not obliged to attend all ICT functions, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a UN-sanctioned forum held to deliberate on contemporary and emerging issues affecting the development of the Internet.
The forum is unique in that it adopts the open and bottom-up approach, where each stakeholder or participant engages on an equal footing.
In other words, representatives from civil society, media, academia, the ICT industry and government, amongst other stakeholders, debate the issues within an environment that does not favour any of them.
This is in stark contrast to the traditio
Brasilia, 11/18/2013 - Sao Paulo will host on 23 and 24 April 2014, an international conference to discuss the new model of global internet governance. The proposal of the Federal Government was announced on the morning of Monday the Ministers of Communications, Paulo Bernardo, Science and Technology Marco Antonio Raupp, and Foreign Affairs, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo.
The idea for the meeting came from the speech of President Dilma Rousseff at the opening of the UN General Assembly, motivated by revelations that the U.S. government spied authorities and Brazilian companies.
According to Bernardo, the event will have a "non-governmental character" and will require a very wide convocation. "Governments are invited to participate, but will mainly be a multisectoral meeting also involving re...
With the recent revelations of mass United States government surveillance, existing Internet governance arrangements have become more than untenable – for many they have become an outrage. And the solutions that governments proposed at WSIS – the IGF and the unfinished process towards enhanced cooperation – have not provided the substantial changes that stakeholders, particularly from the developing world, are now demanding. The speech that President Dilma Rousseff delivered to the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on 24 September set the scene for change, describing her anger at the “grave violation of human rights and civil liberties” represented by the US surveillance revelations:
It affects the international community itself and demands a response from it. Informati
25 October 2013 – While reaffirming the need to strengthen the multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance, the United Nations-backed forum on the issue, known as the IGF, concluded today in Bali, Indonesia with an acknowledgement that surveillance is the major emerging issue of the year.
Over four days, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), set up to support Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in carrying out the mandate of the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis (WSIS), debated actions taken by Internet actors on a host of issues related to domain names, censorship, security and other issues.
Referred to as “the elephant in the room” in the opening session, however, the issue of surveillance cast a long shadow over the discussions at the forum, an annual meeting that
As reported by Domainincite
ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade, with backing from government leaders, is using the recent revelations about the PRISM mass surveillance program to try to speed up ICANN’s split from the US.
Speaking to an American radio station, Chehade said yesterday:
I think the current role the United States has with ICANN was always envisaged to change. The timing of that was the question — not if, it was just when. I think now it is clear that we need to talk about changing that role and evolving it to become a more global role where all stakeholders, not just governments, have an equal footing in the governance of the Internet. So the timing has been put into clear focus right now, that is what’s happening.
He was speaking from the latest Internet Governance Forum in Bali, where
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.
There is a fear, said Robert Guerra from the Canadian Citizen Lab, that the surveillance topic will drive other issues and outcomes of the meetings, too. With “Surveillance and Snowden,” the Association for Progressive Communication and Giganet during their Joint Fora on Security, Surveillance and the Militarization of Cyberspace provide for a first showdown on day zero in Bali.
The next meeting of the IGF – which arose from the 2003-2005 UN-led World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) – is being held from 22-25 October.
Many more panels will address the surveillance issue as many are human rights-rel
The unexpected surge in cyber-attacks coming from Indonesia earlier this year wasn't a fluke. The country has overtaken China to become the No. 1 source of attack traffic in the world, according to a report by Akamai Technologies to be published later today.
Indonesia accounted for 38 percent of hacking-related traffic on servers Akamai monitored in the second quarter, up from 21 percent at the beginning of the year. China, a notorious haven for hacking, fell to No. 2, with a third of global attack traffic. The U.S. share fell to 6.9 percent, but the country remained in third place.
Determining exactly where a cyber-attack operation is centralized is difficult because a hacker can take over victims' machines located in another country. However, the sudden rise of Indonesia, which account...
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