Learn more about the people at the ground in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And don’t miss the pictures!
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."
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.
The inaugural ceremony of United Nations second Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has been held on Monday November 12 2007 in 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.
One week before the start of the second Internet Governance Forum (IGF) —a
space where access to the internet is discussed— Cameroon is shut out
of the internet. A news article
mentions that "A technical failure at the underwater SAT3 at the high
sea fibre optic terminal, about forty kilometres from Douala" is
believed to be the cause of the problem, according to an official
source in the Cameroon’s economic capital."
Nigerian Government may still stick with the Mandriva Linux installed on its Classmate PCs
iCommons announces a new project called the ‘Free Culture House’ project, recognising the growing importance of physical spaces in building the kinds of communities that will spread the global commons. The creative and information commons is by its nature a virtual and intangible thing, and having a physical space where people can learn from and talk to one another, becomes more and more important.
Mandriva recently made an announcement that they would be supplying the Nigerian government with 17,000 Classmate PC’s running Mandriva Linux. Now they have published an An open letter to Steve Ballmer of Microsoft after hearing that the customer will be replacing the original software with Windows.