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Issue of online free expression overshadowed by debate about US control over Internet

Reporters Without Borders has picked up an APC press release, reporting: "The Council of Europe and the Association for
Progressive Communications (APC) today proposed a new model inspired by
the Aarhus Convention, signed in 1998 in Denmark, which brings together
access to information, public participation in decision-making and
environmental rights".

To act now or not act: Clash of views on content regulation at internet forum

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil

Today I sat in a workshop in Rio de Janeiro. A workshop in Rio de Janeiro? A capoeira, volleyball or football workshop, you must be thinking. Even though I’m just 25 metres away from a beautiful beach, imagine, I sat in a room in a hotel, full of people with laptops… on their laps. Such is life in the second Internet Governance Forum. And let me tell you that it’s worth it. One of the 97 workshops unfolding here in Rio was called “Content regulation and the duty of states to protect fundamental rights”, brought to you by the APC’s women’s programme, the APC WNSP for all of you acronym-lovers. Read the full article on Feminist Talk.

Yahoo settles its China lawsuit

Vancouver, Canada

Yahoo has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought against it on behalf of several Chinese dissidents, according to papers filed in a California court.

SNAPSHOTS: Who is at the IGF II? Al Alegre

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil

Learn more about the people at the ground in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And don’t miss the pictures!

SNAPSHOTS: Who is at the IGF II? Reza Salim

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil

Learn more about the people at the ground in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And don’t miss the pictures!

Internet governance and global privacy at the IGF

Here is an interesting post from Jose Murilo Junior on the Global Voices website, written prior to the start of this year’s IGF, that previews the issues of internet governance and global privacy: "The global debate on Internet governance will once again gather people from all over the world at UN’s IGF, this time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The process was started last year in Athens, when more than 1,200 participants focused on discussion of the overarching issues tied to the future of information and communications technologies, including control over the Internet architecture and numbering and naming system, security, intellectual property, openness, connectivity, cost and multilingualism."

Internet Governance Project (OGP) blog on IGF

The Internet Governance Project (IGP), a consortium of academics with
scholarly and practical expertise in international governance, internet
policy, and information and communication technology that conducts research on and publishes analysis of global internet
governance, is blogging on this year’s IGF.  Posts include a discussion on net neutrality and two summaries of the GigaNet Annual Symposium.

Internet as a means of alternative to create peace, security and human rights

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil

The inaugural ceremony of United Nations second Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has been held on Monday November 12 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Internet governance from a Bangladeshi perspective

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil
Reza Salim from the Bangladesh Friendship Education Society (BFES), an APC-member organisation, has just alerted me to today’s publication of this article he wrote for the the most popular daily newspaper in Bangladesh, The Prothom Alo. It provides updates about the Internet Governance Forum, APC’s role in this Forum which starts today here in Rio and information about the APC council meeting that preceded the IGF. Reza Salim will be writing daily updates for Prothom Alo in Bengla language. Enjoy.

Rio forum to shine torch on the dark side of the Internet

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil

In one of the first articles published about the Internet Governance Forum starting on November 12 2007, the AFP news agency says that "The darker corners of the Internet are to be
exposed under the bright light of Brazil’s sun next week when a UN
conference on how the web is run gets underway. Rio de Janeiro
will from Monday host the UN Internet Governance Forum, in which 2,000
participants from 100 countries will examine ways to tackle pedophilia
and cybercrime. It will also discuss the implications of more
than 80 percent of the world’s population not having access to the
worldwide network, mainly those in developing countries. Read the full piece here.

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