Internet governance

Utopia called diversity?
Utopia called diversity? 01 November 2006 AL for APCNews

What does diversity mean in the internet? The linguistic and content plurality approach is what the organising committee for the Internet Governance Forum, that is going on in Athens, Greece from October 29th to November 2nd, chose. This is one of the four issues that are on the table these days [the other three are openness, access and security] and during the morning plenary session on November 1st, governments, civil society and the private sector (in the panel and the audience) offered ...

IGF: send in your comments ... via SMS. Will you?
IGF: send in your comments ... via SMS. Will you? 31 October 2006 APC

Is this a shift of power? Is it just a form of tokenism? Does it work? Will it really involve the diversity of people across the globe? Kieren McCarthy posted to the Governance mailing list and Plenary list an announcement of how SMS questions can go to the IGF main session. Full details on the igf2006.info site that takes you to http://igf2006.intgovforum.org/ Is this a shift of power? Is it just a form of tokenism? Does it work? Will it really involve the diversity of people across the glo...

APC to IGF: Cyberspace should promote maximum sharing, creativity and innovation
APC to IGF: Cyberspace should promote maximum sharing, creativity and innovation 31 October 2006 APCNews

APC executive director Anriette Esterhuysen has told the Internet Governance Forum, meeting in Athens currently, that it has a duty play a much bigger role in spreading the sharing of ideas and encouraging innovation. Speaking on the theme of openness, Esterhuysen said: "Piracy creates jobs. But [Free Software and] Open Source and Open Standards create opportunity, create entrepreneurs. And ...

Spam, content, legal aspects, diversity, human rights, IP-network development...
Spam, content, legal aspects, diversity, human rights, IP-network development... 31 October 2006 APC

Via the IGF Community Site one can find links to some events coming up (at the time of writing) at Athens, Greece. An anti-spam toolkit, a content creation workshop, another legal aspects workshop, an overview of diversity, yet another on human rights and the internet, workshop on IP-network development….. don’t we need solutions real fast? Via the IGF Community Site one can find l...

Who's saying what... and where?
Who's saying what... and where? 31 October 2006 APC

Soenke Zehle wrote late on Oct 30: “I just added the official and unofficial IGF-Community feeds to the list of incom sources… seems that http:/ igf2006.intgovforum.org has emerged as meta-site for the IGF in Athens.” Geert Lovink shot back on via this Incom-L discussion: “Thanks, Soenke. I wonder how many of us are in Athens right now. Are people blogging there? I read...

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...

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 technolo...

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...

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 Dec...

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...

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