2014 will be a pivotal year for the future of the Internet. The open question is whether there will be an international consensus on the multistakeholder Internet governance model or a shift towards a more intergovernmental model. The Internet Society is pleased to provide the following as a resource of curated articles from around the web for those interested being a part of the discussion.
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e are deluding ourselves if we think that the way the global internet is governed can be detached from the game of power politics among states, and that the openness and freedom of the Internet’s information flows will not be powerfully affected by other countries, and other citizens’, trust (or lack thereof) of the world’s biggest and most powerful state. Domestic institutional reform in the US may not be enough.
Today is a wonderful day for us working with Internet Governance that do believe in an Open Internet and multi stakeholder model for its governance. FTTH Council is having its annual meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, and the IT Minister, Anna-Karin Hatt, made an opening speech that was among the strongest I have heard from any country. Yes, any country. And I do not even know if any organization have said such strong things.
Big tech firms like Yahoo, Facebook and Ebay are worried about a possible power grab by global interests seeking to seize control of the internet.This is more than just an arcane, technical concern..."
The AXIS project is focused on keeping Africa’s Internet traffic local to the continent by providing capacity building and technical assistance to facilitate the establishment of National Internet Exchange Points and Regional Internet Exchange Points in Africa.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's parliament has approved internet controls enabling web pages to be blocked within hours in what the opposition decried as part of a government bid to stifle a corruption scandal
Days away from the exclusive launch of the World Bank’s latest report in Abu Dhabi, the director general of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority shares his thoughts on playing host and the global priority for increased broadband provision
"The PP-14 is one of the largest diplomatic events in the area of IT, and hosting the event is especially important to Korea as it is a great chance for the country to emerge as the center of ICT diplomacy."
Occasionally, people ask my perspective on the Internet, since I often object to confusing it with things like the telephone or Cable TV. Recently I composed a response that captures my perspective, as one of the participants in its genesis, and as an advocate for sustaining its fundamental initial design principles. I hope these words clarify what I believe many of those who continue to create the Internet continue to do, even though most of them are not aware of it. I also hope many will see their interest in keeping the core principles of the Internet alive.
Those interested in internet governance will have to put some money aside for 2014: rarely have there been so many conferences to talk about how to manage core internet resources and develop the common rules to govern more general aspects of global net communication.
India, as the world’s largest democracy, must review its stance and claim its rightful position in the world as a leader which gave the world new ideas of resilience, non-violence and truth. It is time for change; to put the public back in public policy and IG with the least amount of government control for an unfettered, spirited and vibrant Internet of the future — of the people, places and things that India dreams of, and to facilitate access and celebrate diversity, cherish pluralism and the multiplicity of opinion and voices.
The IETF is the original multistakeholder Internet organization that grew up with the technology of the Internet. Without the IETF, the Internet simply wouldn’t exist. It will be a pleasure and an honor to be among friends at the IETF meeting in London next month, and I am pleased ICANN has been chosen to host this meeting.
Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince was first circulated in 1513, so it seems fitting, 500 years later, to see whether it has anything to say about the current disputes regarding Internet governance. And in 1958 Aldous Huxley published Brave New Word Revisited, in which he made some predictions regarding the future of democracy and society in general. So it seems fitting 55 years later, to see whether it has anything to say about Internet governance.
In preparation for the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance that will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 23-24 April 2014, the organizers are now accepting pre-registrations through a form for expression of interest. The event is a partnership between the state-convened Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br), and...
Legal experts and policy officials comment on significant developments and likely 2014 hotspots for internet governance.
Internet Society's insight:
2014 will be a pivotal year for the future of the Internet. The open question is whether there will be an international consensus on the multistakeholder Internet governance model or a shift towards a more intergovernmental model. Markus Kummer, Vice President, Public Policy, Internet Society, Geneva.
Collective responses to transnational security threats are increasingly occurring outside formal international institutions such as the UN. Although they are quite often messy, writes Stewart Patrick, the responses nevertheless have one clear advantage – they work.
How do you map something like the internet? It’s a challenge that continues to fascinate many virtual-cartographers, and amateur graphic designer Martin Vargic is the latest to try his hand - creating the magnificently baroque image above.
Next week, ICANN opens the Internet up to new domains like .ski, .sexy, and .berlin -- and Fadi Chehade has to handle people unhappy with the change. Also: time for the US to let go of its Net oversight? Read this article by Stephen Shankland on CNET News.
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