Internet governance

Openness: In the activist’s eye
Openness: In the activist’s eye 30 October 2006 FD for APCNews

“What we see is the research for a balance between freedom and restrictions,” said Markus Kummer, Executive Coordinator of the UN Secretariat on Internet Governance. He was describing the first debate on “openness” that hit the first-ever Internet Governance Forum, in Athens. What’ at stake, in his view, is the clash between those that advocate for the article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and those clinging to article 28 that “imposes restrictions and limitatio...

Greening IT? Not really!
Greening IT? Not really! 30 October 2006 FD for APCNews

Greening IT? Not really. Well at least, not only. That is the taste in the mouth one walks away with after attending one of today’s workshops at the first-ever Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Athens. Although entitled “Greening IT”, the workshop discussed how to bring people into environmental decision-making processes with the help of the internet, rather than how to make the technology more sustainable in itself. Confused? I’m wondering if this is the reason why this morning at...

The IGF is on, does that mean we'll get an "internet as a free-zone"?
The IGF is on, does that mean we'll get an "internet as a free-zone"? 30 October 2006 APC

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 (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 internet governance and ICTs for development. We...

The internet governance is a process
The internet governance is a process 30 October 2006 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 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 A...

IGF... who's saying what
IGF... who's saying what 28 October 2006 APC

Everyone talks, but no-one listens…. Spam, multilingualism, cybercrime, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, freedom of expression, human rights, interconnection …. The Internet is one of the most powerful inventions of the digital age…. Given the huge impact of the Internet on our daily lives, states must remain the ultimate guarantors of our Internet rights and freed...

Who calls the shots?
Who calls the shots? 26 October 2006 APC

Who really controls the 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, co...

The IGF in figures...
The IGF in figures... 26 October 2006 APC

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, security, diversity and access). Workshops: 30 (held in parallel to the main sessions, focusing ...

Snaking in from under the sea, submarine cable link launched by Bangladesh
Snaking in from under the sea, submarine cable link launched by 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. "Bangladesh embarked onto the global information superhighway Sunday as Prime Minister Khaleda Zia inaugurated the submarine cable at its landing station on the b...

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