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UN conference tackles problem of bringing another billion users to internet

Rio de Janeiro

Here’s an article from the International Herald
Tribune, published 12 November, on the challenges of expanding the internet to include
less-developed regions: "Now that more than 1 billion people use the Internet, international
policy makers and experts are struggling with how link the world’s
other 5 billion to the increasingly crucial network".

Internet governance, public good governance

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil

Anriette Esterhuysen's opening session speech featured in Intellectual Property Watch article

Montevideo, Uruguay

Intellectual Property Watch, a non-profit independent news service that reports on international intellectual property policies, quotes APC executive director Anriette Esterhuysen, in an article featured today on their website under Latest Open Access News.

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.

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