Tag: internet Governance

At U.N., Brazil’s Rousseff blasts U.S. spying as breach of law

Governance
Rousseff had expressed her displeasure last week by calling off a high-profile state visit to the United States scheduled for October over reports that the U.S. National Security Agency had been spying on Brazil. In unusually strong language, Rousseff launched a blistering attack on U.S. surveillance, calling it an affront to Brazilian sovereignty and "totally unacceptable." "Tampering in such a manner in the lives and affairs of other countries is a breach of international law and, as such, it is an affront to the principles that should otherwise govern relations among countries, especially among friendly nations," Rousseff told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. She also proposed an international framework for governing the internet and said Brazil would ad...

Partners for Development focus of Arab Internet Governance Forum

Governance
The 2nd annual Arab Internet Governance Forum was recently held in Algiers, Algeria under the theme “Partners for Development.” Discussions focused on cyber security, freedom of the internet, the creation of infrastructure, and online opportunities for youth. The Algerian government took the opportunity to emphasize its commitment to developing technology among Arab nations. The Minister of Foreign Affairs acknowledged the link between internet and “cultural, social, and economic life” along with the need of internet governance to ensure national security. Participants made numerous recommendations for improving the online ecosystem of North Africa. Arab IGF is held under the joint umbrella of the League of Arab States (LAS) and the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ES

DCA Registry Services Kenya among participants of the 2nd African IGF

Governance
The second African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) successfully concluded. The conference was held from 24-26 September 2013 at the Multimedia University, Nairobi Kenya. The AfIGF conference was organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the IGF Secretariat in cooperation with the Kenyan government among other stakeholders. DCA Registry Services Kenya delegates also attended the conference and contributed to important discussions and pertinent proceedings. In his opening address that was communicated via a recorded video message, Fade Chehade, ICANN's President & CEO noted that the African IGF is an important forum to discuss the issues that affect the world through the common resource called the Internet. He continued that the Internet has brought s...

GAC, Inside Out: When GAC Members Abuse ICANN Procedures…

Governance
This post was  first Published by CircleID on behalf of the author who has requested to remain anonymous. There is no doubt that the new gTLD program has been the most encouraging revolutionary program in the history of internet. As everybody expected, there have been lots of positive and negative insights about this program in recent years and during the process of development of the program, pushing ICANN to be very conservative in its program in order to satisfy all internet stakeholders. A very tangible result of this conservation can be seen in the gTLD Applicant Guidebook (AGB), in which 2 out of 5 modules of the guidebook describe the objection and string confusion procedures (module 3 and 4). As mentioned by ICANN, The objection process is intended to afford businesses, individu

British media ignores the brighter side of the internet

Internet
Oxford, UK, 5 July 2013 - The British media’s negative view of the internet is out of sync with the public’s positive opinion, according to research released today. Analysis of 1,000 media articles on internet topics found that over three quarters of coverage (76%) had a strong negative sentiment, in contrast with public opinion, where a national study of 5,000 people for Nominet found that 87% of Brits believe the internet has had a positive effect on their lives. The research marks the seventh annual Nominet Internet Awards ceremony, which last night recognised several British projects which help to make the internet a more secure, open, accessible and diverse experience for all. Analysis of media coverage reveals that the three most common internet topics are cyber-bullying and trollin

Why the internet is fighting back on press regulations

Governance
Unsurprisingly for a proposal reportedly drawn up in the early hours of the morning on a diet of Kit Kats and compromise, there are countless flaws in the Royal Charter on press regulation. Whether it merits "statutory underpinning" or not,  the biggest, fundamental concern is one sentence, referring to which facets of the press will fall under the new rules. It's not just tabloids and inky broadsheets that come under the new regulations, but "websites containing news-related material (whether or not related to a newspaper or magazine)". Which, as Hugo Rifkind observed in the Times this morning, essentially means the entire internet, whether that be GQ, blogs big or small, or even your average Twitter user.  source

EU passes resolution against ITU designs on the internet

Governance, Internet
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT has passed a resolution opposing the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) assertion that it should control the internet. The ITU will hold a behind closed doors meeting on 3 December where it is expected to claim that it should have control over the internet. That prospect led to Google saying that would result in censorship and threaten innovation. Now the European Parliament has passed a resolution stating that the ITU or any single organisation is not the appropriate entity to claim regulatory authority over the internet.The Inquirer (http://s.tt/1uyQj)

Why Internet governance matters for press freedom

Governance
As the annual United Nations-run Internet Governance Forum (IGF) convenes in Baku, Azerbaijan this week, it is a bitter irony that a multi-stakeholder conference to discuss the Internet’s future is being held in a country where the government has no qualms about locking up its online critics. And the IGF itself has, according to the Expression Online Initiative, even prevented the consortium of Azeri freedom of expression groups from distributing copies of two reports: Searching for Freedom: Online Expression in Azerbaijan and The Right to Remain Silent: Freedom of Expression in Azerbaijan ahead of the 7th Internet Governance Forum. more