Internet governance

ICANN meeting takes place in the shadow of US tough talk
ICANN meeting takes place in the shadow of US tough talk 19 August 2005 RITS Brazil

Just after the United States made clear it intention to retain control over the internet’s root-servers, an ICANN meeting took place in Luxembourg. ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is a California-based non-profit corporation created in 1998 to take over a number of Internet-related tasks earlier performed on behalf of the US Government by other organizations, notably the IANA.

Civil Society Caucus appreciates internet governance process
Civil Society Caucus appreciates internet governance process 18 August 2005

The WSIS Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus has supported and voiced its appreciation for the process and outcome of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). The Caucus has welcomed the adoption of a broad working definition of Internet Governance, and believes that the high quality of the WGIG final report is the result of both the multi-stakeholder collaboration and the open and inclusive consultation with the wider WSIS community.

Internet governance, what does it really boil down to?
Internet governance, what does it really boil down to? 18 August 2005 Carlos A Afonso

How’s this huge, influential and potentially-useful beast called the internet to be governed? Who is to call the shots? Brazil-based RITS’s strategy director Carlos Afonso takes a close look at how control of the internet is sought to be transformed, before a crucial crossroad comes up in the next few months. This 50-page paper in PDF format, commissioned by APC member Instituto del...

South African civil society reflect on coming November's sumit
South African civil society reflect on coming November's sumit 03 July 2005

When the world meets up at Tunisia, in coming November, during the World Summit on the Information Society, this meet signals global recognition that information and communication technologies can play a major role in social and economic development and contribute significantly towards poverty alleviation. South Africa’s civil society takes a look at the focus and objectives of the WSIS.

In the Philippines, civil society joins a new information society round
In the Philippines, civil society joins a new information society round 19 June 2005 Nina Somera

APC members in the Philippines, the Foundation for Media Alternatives, took the lead in a consultative workshop on the national leg of the information society summit. While welcoming the workshop, it also spoke out to voice concern that the first national summit of May 2004 had not been taken seriously by the government, with very few discussions held last year.

Slovak public WiFi networks seen to be in danger
Slovak public WiFi networks seen to be in danger 05 May 2005 APCNews Editor

The Slovak Telecommunications Office has published a draft of its new general licence for operating radio devices in the public 2.4 GHz frequency band. But if the wordings of this new policy remain unchanged, it could "effectivelly put ban on thousands of devices around the country", warns the Bratislava-based CHANGENET.SK network.

Markus Kummer, coordinator of the internet governance working group – Diplomacy at the cutting edge
Markus Kummer, coordinator of the internet governance working group – Diplomacy at the cutting edge 01 April 2005 Maud Hand

As executive coordinator of the Secretariat of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), Markus Kummer prepares sessions, facilitates their work and writes up their reports after meetings. But, as he explains to Maud Hand in a quiet moment prior to PrepCom 2, Phase 2, unlike the classical secretariat tasks of any international working group, the multi-stakeholder make up of WGIG makes fo...

The internet governance debate is one where civil society advocates can make a real difference
The internet governance debate is one where civil society advocates can make a real difference 01 April 2005 Karen Banks

Internet governance brings together two largely impenetrable realms for the average WSIS delegate: the nuts and bolts of the internet – what it is, how it works- and who manages those nuts and bolts. It is too early to predict what the final impact of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) will be. But there is no doubt that it has created a much-needed space. “At a time of glo...

WSIS update: Internet Governance Caucus statement
WSIS update: Internet Governance Caucus statement 22 February 2005 APCNews

The Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus presented this statement during PrepCom 2 of the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva. The Caucus expresses its support for the Working Group on Internet Governance’s multi stakeholder approach. "We believe that legitimate and successful Internet Governance can only be achieved if all concerned or affected groups have an opportunit...

Internet governance: An opinion report on the UN working group leading the debate
Internet governance: An opinion report on the UN working group leading the debate 02 February 2005 Carlos Afonso

Carlos Afonso, former chair of APC and member of the UN body charged with coming up with a definition of what ‘internet governance’ should encompass amongst other tasks has written an opinionative report on the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance, November 23-25 2004, Geneva. For the first time published in English and Spanish from the Portuguese original. T...

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