Security & privacy

Internet governance and global privacy at the IGF

Here is an interesting post from Jose Murilo Junior on the Global Voices website, written prior to the start of this year's 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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: "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, Style information: N/a

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, openness, connectivity, cost and multilingualism."

Rio forum to shine torch on the dark side of the Internet


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.

Crackdown on internet users in Bangladesh

DHAKA, BANGLADESH 5 October 2007

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members assisted by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) officials are conducting house-to-house searches in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet pinpointing each and every internet user with a fast connection. They are collecting user details from all the internet service providers (ISPs) in order to profile more than 450,000 internet subscribers in the country.

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Pakistan’s Draconian Electronic Crime Bill

PAKISTAN 24 September 2007 (Jehan Ara, Advisor P@SHA / Shahzad Ahmad, Bytesforall)

A controversial Electronic Crime Bill, drafted by The Ministry of IT & Telecom, Government of Pakistan, is currently being tabled in Parliament in advance of a vote. The bill has already been approved by Cabinet and could receive final approval as early as November. Critics say the Bill is draconian and lacks the safeguards to ensure the protection of civil liberties.

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EDRI General Assembly Reaffirms Current Course

Skopje, Macedonia

Delegates representing NGOs-members of the EDRI (European Digital Rights) network took part in the General Assembly (GA) in Berlin September 1-2, 2007, discussing current issues of interest and the overall functioning of the association.

South Korea: Opposition to draft legislation on "Communication Data Retention"

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA 19 April 2007 (PatchA)

The South Korean parliament is discussing a dangerous revision of the "Protection of Communications Secrets Act". So what? It seems quite clear that the revision would legally enforce telecommunications companies and internet service providers (ISPs) to retain ‘communications data’. But do people agree with this? APC-member in South Korea, Jinbonet, thinks not. International civil society organisations think not. They endorsed a letter of protest that was sent to the South Korean parliament

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30 March: Stop Cyberbullying Day

KUALA LUMPUR 29 March 2007

Increasingly, harassment and stalking is happening in and through digital communications technology. As we gain access and use stuff like blogs, mobile phones, social networking platforms like Orkut and Friendster, personal information displayed and shared may be used in targeted harassment.

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e-Governance in Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

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EU, travel and privacy event - Czech style

Prague, CR

Well, here i am in prague - sitting in a room in kaca and marek's flat after a

A UN charter for digital identity ?

BERLIN, Germany

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( on July 4, 2006. Talking about his attendance at the APC organised event at the London School of Economics in early July, he says: "I was invited to speak on a panel talking about the importance of "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">privacy

and security issues."

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