Internet governance

Who calls the shots?

GOA, India

Who really controls the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

? Lot of hints, lots of diversity of views... but plenty of smoke screens too. Here's a lecture, taking place today and titled Who's really out to control the internet? UN and USA Governance, If you tune into the Guardian, the story you get is "US loosens grip on running of internet". And here's another version of the truth, coming from The Mercury News which says, Internet governance dispute will last years, official warns. A dispute, is it?

The IGF in figures...

GOA, India

PressZoom which describes itself as the "global news service and press release distribution" network, has these figures about the Internet Governance Forum, which begins in Athens, Greece from October 30. Participants: 1200. Main sessions: eight (focussing on the Internet’s openness, "African journalists trained in how to communicate securely online" (APCNews and Toni Eliasz, 30 September 2004), Take Back the Tech! and APC Internet Rights Charter">security

, diversity and access). Workshops: 30 (held in parallel to the main sessions, focusing on specific issues relevant to Internet Europa glossary">governance

).

INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM: Seminar calls for unity among poor nations

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 18 October 2006 (Bangladesh ICT Policy Monitor Network)

A single country will not be allowed to govern the internet, speakers at a national seminar vowed adding expectation of the poor countries should be addressed in the upcoming Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meet. The seminar took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on October 14.

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Reduce the cost of international internet connectivity

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 7 August 2006 (APCNews)

In Argentina, internet access averages 13 dollars a month and almost a fifth of the population are online whereas in Sudan internet access costs 160 USD a month and only 9 people in a thousand are online. Africa, the poorest continent in the world, has the highest costs for internet access. In the run-up to the first-ever meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in Athens starting October 30, APC releases a set of recommendations that encourage the IGF to tackle the availability and affordability of the internet in the developing world and especially Africa as a matter of urgency. In pdf.

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Snaking in from under the sea, submarine cable link launched by Bangladesh

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 31 May 2006 (FN)

Late May 2006 saw Bangladesh launch its first submarine fibre-optic cable in the southern coastal town of Cox’s Bazar. This could allow high-speed telecommunications, but some voices critiqued the delay in making this possible.

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Changing times... but the same mind-set

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Technology is changing. But the mindset stays the same. And so are the laws. Now, you can start working your The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English on Encyclopedia.com">networking

from a single room. You can start small, keep on deploying, moving out from there, and cover an entire country as you encourage the demand to expand. But is there any recognition to this?

Because the technology has changed, it has a huge impact on how investments will be made, and how the people will use

them.

New report from Sweden

Uppsala, Sweden

A report from the workshop “Post-Source: APC ICT Policy Handbook and APC Annual Report 2005.">WSIS

and Uganda’s Way Forward” (arranged by the Collegium for Development Studies at Uppsala University Sweden, I-Network Uganda, Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), with support from the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and Ministry of Works, Housing and Communications, Uganda) is now available as a pdf, 441kb.


http://www.kus.uu.se/pdf/publications/KUS_Bok28.pdf

WSIS follow-up: IT for Change makes commentary piece public

ITHALA, SOUTH AFRICA 17 March 2006 (APCNews)

IT for change, an NGO figthing alongside APC during the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) has published "WSIS: The beginning of a global information society discourse" on March 11 in the Economic and Political Weekly. The piece attempts to place WSIS in the present geopolitical context and discusses its outcomes. It concludes that "WSIS may need to be judged more from the processes that it has set into motion than what it has achieved substantively."

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Collective ICT policy making in Bolivia

BERLIN, GERMANY 6 March 2006 (FD at APCNews)

Surrounded by the tropical forests of Bolivia, about 18 organisations and institutions representing civil society, the private sector and the government gathered to develop proposals and action strategies for ICT policies. Most of the participants brought with them the lessons learned during their involvement in the Bolivian ICTD strategy – ETIC – process.

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Internet governance debate shifts to Malta, island with highest internet penetration

7 February 2006 (APCNews)

An international conference entitled "Internet Governance: The Way Forward" is being organised on February 10-12, 2006 by the DiploFoundation in Malta, a small and densely populated island nation consisting of an archipelago in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea which incidentally also has highest internet penetration in the world. Panelists, representing stakeholders who have been active in the internet governance (IG) debate, include Karen Banks of the Association for Progressive Communications.

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