Internet governance

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.

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 global malaise, indifference and lack of faith and legitimacy in many of our global and national govern...

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...

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...

WSIS Update: APC reports on recent and upcoming meetings on internet governance and the financing of ICTs in developing countrie
WSIS Update: APC reports on recent and upcoming meetings on internet governance and the financing of ICTs in developing countrie 30 September 2004 APCNews

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process continues and two issues on which governments were unable to reach consensus during the first phase in 2003- ‘internet governance’ and ‘financing mechanisms’- are under the microscope. Last month saw the first open consultation on the ‘working group on internet governance’. APC briefs you on the discu...

Internet country domains as an asset of the commons: the Brazilian case (.br)
Internet country domains as an asset of the commons: the Brazilian case (.br) 26 August 2004 APCNews

Internet domains (such as .uk, .fr) are sold for a profit to any taker, even if the prospective holder does not have any legal binding with the corresponding country. Thus many ccTLDs are no longer identified with their countries on the Internet, having been sold to national or foreign companies for a profit – some are supposed to be identified with some specific sectors of activity instead o...

Planning director of RITS, Carlos Afonso, takes seat on body which governs .br
Planning director of RITS, Carlos Afonso, takes seat on body which governs .br 30 July 2004

Carlos Afonso of RITS has been elected to the Brazilian committee which manages the internet in Brazil and controls .br. The election results were announced on July 15. He is one of four representatives from civil society. Other sectors represented are the scientific community, the business and telecommunications sectors, and internet service providers. It is the first time in Brazil that inter...

The complicated world of ICANN – part one
The complicated world of ICANN – part one 01 May 2004 Carlos Afonso

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – the body that’s responsible for managing the registration and distribution system of domain names (eg. www.apc.org) in the internet – held its first meeting of 2004. More than 600 people from different countries took part in 27 fora. In attendance was Carlos Afonso, planning director of APC’s Brazilian mem...

Global Forum on Internet Governance: Not everyone agrees on what is broken nor on what fixing might involve
Global Forum on Internet Governance: Not everyone agrees on what is broken nor on what fixing might involve 29 April 2004 APCNews

A global forum on internet governance organised by the United Nations in March was the most open and inclusive platform for addressing internet governance issues to date but time was too short to disaggregate the various areas of policy and regulation that are loosely grouped under “internet governance”. There are fundamental concerns around the accountability and legitimacy of current inte...

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