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 inaugural ceremony of United Nations second Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has been held on Monday November 12 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have revolutionised multiple facets of human life in a variety of ways. Many of the most visible types of organic impact undoubtedly take place in the domain of government, where the use of ICTs have led to the modernisation of public administration, improved governability, and the stimulation of local ICT industry development. However, this has also offered the opportunity to redefine traditional concepts and methods of citizen and democratic participation.
“An attack on net neutrality and an act of censorship,” was how Miguel Acosta, editor of a New York-based Paraguayan newspaper referred to the measure taken by the Paraguayan Communication Company to block access to internet telephony or voice over internet protocol (VoIP). Civil society has responded forcefully to this situation.
Citizens in China and Europe from the academia, NGO, companies, government met in Liège (Belgium) to exchange perspectives and discuss on the topic of Information Society and the Internet in China and Europe. The workshop on “IT systems on the age of the Internet” (4-5 October) was the first step of the China-Europe Forum (6-7 October).
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Africa are to send a 20-member
delegation to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, in November 2007 to ensure that the African voices are heard.
Speaking on behalf of the CSOs, Ms Natasha Primo of the Association for
Progressive Communications (APC) said that the essence of bringing the
crusade to the largest gathering of pen-pushers on the continent was to
guarantee that African communicators were not left out.
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APC member in South Asia, BytesForAll, has launched its ‘ICT4D Status Report 1.0’, a document looking into the use of information and communication technology for the purpose of development. Areas covered are localisation/open content development, updates on the telecentre movement, access and infrastructure issues, community radio development and e-governance in the context of Bangladesh.