Internet governance

Utopia called diversity?

ATHENS, GREECE 2 November 2006 (AL for APCNews)

What does diversity mean in the internet? The linguistic and content plurality approach is what the organising committee for the Internet Governance Forum, that is going on in Athens, Greece from October 29th to November 2nd, chose.

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APC asserts `access´ to the internet & capacity-building are key to participative internet governance

2 November 2006
ATHENS, GREECE 2 November 2006 () -

The Style information: Capital letters for Association, Progressive and Communications. “Communications” with an “s” at the end. We tend not to use the definite article with the acronym eg “APC is a worldwide network”, and only occasionally “The APC is a worldwide network”.

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APC to IGF: Cyberspace should promote maximum sharing, creativity and innovation

GOA, INDIA 1 November 2006 (APCNews)

APC executive director Anriette Esterhuysen has told the Internet Governance Forum, meeting in Athens currently, that it has a duty play a much bigger role in spreading the sharing of ideas and encouraging innovation. Copyrighting and limiting the rights of teachers and learners in the developing world from share information would add only "limited value" to harnessing the internet for development, Esterhuysen said in the Greek capital.

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Who's saying what... and where?

GOA, India

Soenke Zehle wrote late on Oct 30: "I just added the official and unofficial Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on how the internet is run. It was set up at the end of 2005 by the United Nations Secretary-General following a resolution made by governments at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

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Source: APC">IGF-Community feeds to the list of incom sources... seems that http:/ igf2006.intgovforum.org has emerged as meta-site for the IGF in Athens."

Geert Lovink shot back on via this Incom-L discussion: "Thanks, Soenke. I wonder how many of us are in Athens right now. Are people blogging there? I read some articles about the summit on BytesForAll and was wondering if participants there were as pessimistic as this BBC guy Bill Thompson."

Actually, here are the unofficial and official "blogs" for the IGF. But it's happening so fast, it's probably going to be difficult to keep track! And one can just imagine what the "mainstream media" -- with their "space constraints" and filters -- are going to be saying! Anyway, isn't talking about media flows and control all old hat, and a 70s thing?

IGF: send in your comments ... via SMS. Will you?

GOA, India

Is this a shift of power? Is it just a form of tokenism? Does it work? Will it really involve the diversity of people across the globe? Kieren McCarthy posted to the Governance Style information: Use lower case unless referring specifically to the original LISTSERV application.

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and Plenary list an announcement of how SMS questions can go to the IGF main session. Full details on the igf2006.info site that takes you to http://igf2006.intgovforum.org/

Greening IT? Not really!

ATHENS, GREECE 31 October 2006 (FD for APCNews)

"Someone from the Pacific Islands expressed that the single main challenge with which his region is increasingly faced with is global warming,” Milena Bokova said. Quite striking indeed that the very first workshop at the IGF would list this major environmental phenomenon as the greatest obstacle to making the internet accessible.

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Openness: In the activist’s eye

ATHENS, GREECE 31 October 2006 (FD for APCNews)

The twist this IGF is giving to this old debate about ‘openness’ makes it that more relevant since it calls into life a confrontation, not only involving national law, but also market law. This is why corporations like Google have been taken for a ride at the IGF by those arguing that it is unacceptable that this advertisement firm – know for its flagship research engine – started operations in China, where restrictions on free speech are, to say the least, restrictive.

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The internet governance is a process

ATHENS, Greece

"Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on how the internet is run. It was set up at the end of 2005 by the United Nations Secretary-General following a resolution made by governments at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

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Source: APC">IGF is a process," said Natasha Primo during her speech at the opening ceremony of the first (of three) Internet Governance Forum. What she means by this, is that "Athens will not be the a one-time show. The discussions and debates around how the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

is to be governed will continue way beyond and we don't want to have this huge down-time in between the three IGFs," later explained Avri Doria of the civil society Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance

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The IGF is on, does that mean we'll get an "internet as a free-zone"?

ATHENS, Greece

Here I am, sitting in a plenary room at the opening session of the Internet Governance Forum in Athens. This forum was set a couple of months back, in Tunisia, where the second summit on the information society (Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

) was drawing to a close. Some of you might have noted back then that the two main issues discussed in that UN-organised summit were Source: Tunis Agenda for the Information Society">internet governance

and ICTs for development. Well just about eleven months later, what appears to be the legitimate space for continuing the debate on the future of the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

is called the Internet Governance Forum.

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