Internet governance

Internet and corruption: The new omnipresence

20 February 2013 (David Sasaki for GlSWatch)

In his introduction to this year’s edition to Global Information Society Watch, which focuses on transparency and accountability online, David Sasaki explores the the double-edged sword of the internet as a tool for transparency, and how omnipresent observation by our peers can lead to greater accountability.

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Google dominance and the power of framing

Winnipeg, Canada

Last week the US Federal Trade Commission announced the results of its 19 month investigation into Google, concluding that the company had not violated antitrust laws in the algorithms used to arrange its web search results.

Open Letter: Civil society hampered in its ability to contribute to WCIT

DUBAI 11 December 2012 (Civil society)

In an Open Letter put out during the World Conference on International Telecommunications, civil society groups call on the the ITU’s Secretary General and the conference Chairman to address three immediate and pressing matters: the lack of any official standing to the public comments by civil society; the lack of access to and transparency of working groups, particularly the working groups of Committee 5 (the review committee); and the absence of mechanisms to encourage independent civil society participation.

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Internet Governance and Africa

Grahamstown

Nigerian freelance journalist Emeka Umejei already reported on African internet governance during last September’s Highway Africa (HA) http://www.americandailyherald.com/world-news/africa/item/africa-s-place.... Since then, we’re being confronted with internet governance issues at the current ITU-organised World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai.

Internet Freedom and Journalism

Grahamstown

Highway Africa may seem far away, but the media and ICT conference comes back haunting, as the World is watching the contentious ITU discussions unfolding in Dubai.

WCIT and Africa

Grahamstown

The Internet stands at a crossroads. Built from the bottom up, powered by the people, it has become a powerful economic engine and a positive social force.

2012 GISWatch on “the internet and corruption” launched during the IGF

PERGAMINO 16 November 2012 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC and Hivos launched the 2012 edition of the Global Information Society Watch during the second day of the Internet Governance Forum that took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, in a joint presentation with the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Internet & Society Co:llaboratory.

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Human rights at the IGF: revealing abuse and framing discourse

Winnipeg

“Autocracy 2.0 hides behind formal online freedom to identify and monitor critical voices which are then silenced in the offline world.”

—Valentina Pellizzer, 2012 IGF Closing Ceremonies

“Discussions about the internet

"Human rights must be encoded into the fabric of our dialogues": Valentina Pellizzer in the closing ceremony of the 2012 IGF

Baku

This is the transcription of Valentina Pellizzer’s* speech in the 2012 IGF closing ceremony.

Where is South Asian participation @IGF2012?

New Delhi, India

Think-tanks, technologist, policy advocators, government stakeholders, civil society groups, human rights evangelist and individuals across all sectors of internet arena joined, collaborated and participated together to discuss, debate and express their views collaboratively at the international forum, 7th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held last week at Baku, Azerbaijan from 6-9 November, 2012.

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