Category: government

December 14, 2010

The Future of the Internet Governance Forum

Filed under: government,isoc - 14 Dec 2010

ISOC logoIn an extraordinary meeting on 6 December the United Nation’s Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) decided to create a Working Group on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) (http://www.intgovforum.org/) with a membership made up only of governments.

The Internet Society believes this decision sets back the model of multistakeholder cooperation under which the IGF was established, and contradicts the instructions given to the CSTD for the establishment of the Working Group.

The Internet Society has joined the International Chamber of Commerce – Business Action to Support the Information Society, the Internet Governance Caucus, and many other Internet, business, and civil society organizations in sending a letter to the CSTD, asking them to retract their previous decision and to establish an appropriately constituted Working Group that ensures the full and active participation of governments, the private sector and civil society from both developing and developed countries, involving relevant intergovernmental and international organizations and forums.

Like the Internet, a multistakeholder approach has been at the core of the Internet Governance Forum’s formation and success. We hope that Internet Society Chapters and Members, as well as other organizations, will join us in signing the letter.

You may read the full letter, and see the growing list of signatories, and indicate your own support here:

http://isoc.org/wp/newsletter/?p=2710

December 8, 2010

Milton Mueller: Networks and States: The Global Politics of Internet Governance – NYU 12/14 #icann #igf

Filed under: government,ICANN,isoc-ny - 08 Dec 2010

Milton MuellerISOC-NY is delighted to present Milton Mueller’s first full exposition of his new  book  Networks and States: The Global Politics of Internet Governance at NYU on Tuesday December 14 2010.  Prof. Mueller is a co-founder of ICANN’s NonCommercial User’s Constituency and a renowned cyberlibertarian.  His 2002 book Ruling the Root has long been the definitive work on governance.  We are excited to hear details of what, in his mind,  has changed in the last 8 years.  This event is open to the public and will be webcast live.

What: Networks and States: The Global Politics of Internet Governance
When: Tuesday December 14 2010 : 7-9pm
Where: Rm 317, Warren Weaver Hall NYU, 251 Mercer St NYC (& W. 4 St)
Who: Public welcome.  No RSVP needed.  Photo ID required.
Webcast: http://www.livestream.com/isocny
Hashtag: #isocny
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175907139093951

January 22, 2010

Hillary Clinton speech on Internet Freedom

Filed under: government,open internet,policy - 22 Jan 2010

On Jan 20 2010 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made a major policy speech at the Newseum in Washington D.C. on the subject of Internet Freedom:

Video and links to comments are below:

December 18, 2009

First Broadband Stimulus grants announced

Filed under: access,broadband,government - 18 Dec 2009

Broadband Technologies Opportunities ProgramDec 17: Vice President Biden announced initial recipients of grants in Round 1 of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) for an amount of $183m. The awards, spread across 17 states, will be matched by $46m from public and private contributors. A total of $2bn in awards are to be rolled over the next 75 days.

The National Economic Council today released a report, “Recovery Act Investment in Broadband: Leveraging Federal Dollars to Create Jobs and Connect America” which details how broadband investment will boost the economy.

Two funded projects are in rural New York State.

December 16, 2009

NYC Council Hearing on Innovation 12/16/09

Filed under: events,government,nyc,webcast - 16 Dec 2009

NYCNew York, NY – On Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 10 AM in the Council Chambers of City Hall, the New York City Council Committees on Technology in Government and Small Business held a joint public hearing to examine how small technology start-ups are surviving in this tough economy.  This hearing will help the Council understand the dynamics behind successful firms as well as what options are available to the City in aiding these important businesses in their struggle to remain competitive and viable in a global environment.

twitter:  #nycstartup
blog:  www.nycctechcomm.wordpress.com.

Archived webcast and the twitter feed are embedded below.

November 16, 2009

IGF underway in Egypt

Filed under: government,policy - 16 Nov 2009

igfThe fourth annual UN-sponsored Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Meeting is currently underway in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Webcast | Schedule

November 12, 2009

Broadband Stimulus Program Take Two – less is more? Request for comment..

Filed under: broadband,government - 12 Nov 2009

Broadband Technologies Opportunities ProgramNov 10 2009: The United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announced they are streamlining the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s broadband grant and loan programs by awarding the remaining funding in just one more round, instead of two rounds, The first round of RUS’s Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) garnered $28bn worth of applications, and about $4bn is expected to be awarded in loans/grants. The agencies have issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment on how the application process may be improved.

September 10, 2009

BTOP applications database published

Filed under: access,broadband,government,networks - 10 Sep 2009

Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program
The NTIA and RUS have published the database of BTOP applications in Round 1 at
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants/applications/search.cfm

Of $7.2 billion allotted to broadband under the ARRA approximately $2.4 billion from RUS and up to $1.6 billion from NTIA is available in this first grant round.

July 31, 2009

Video of NYC BTOP meeting

With the deadline for applications for the first round of grants from the $7.2bn set aside for broadband adoption projects in President Obama’s stimulus plan rapidly approaching (Aug14), members of many of NYC communities met to discuss how best to achieve results. Representatives of the City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT) poured cold water on many aspirations stating that most, if not all, the cash would go to rural projects. Despite this many declared it their intention to apply.

Audio & Video below. A listserv has been set up for further conversation. Twitter: #nycbtop

July 24, 2009

New York City Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) Meeting

Filed under: access,community,events,government - 24 Jul 2009

Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program Council Member Gale A. Brewer invites all members of the New York City technology community to discuss the recently released Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funding that has been made available through the federal stimulus package which passed in February 2009. The purpose of this event is to help galvanize interested applicants around common goals. Please distribute this invitation widely and invite all pertinent stakeholders to attend.

When: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 from 6-8 PM
Where: DCTV’s Third Floor Conference Room
87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013 (@ White St) (map)

Contact Kunal Malhotra [kmalhotra@council.nyc.gov] or Sam Wong [samwong.nycc@gmail.com] at (212) 788-6975 if you have any questions and suggestions.

July 16, 2009

NTIA call for reviewers of Broadband Stimulus Fund Applications

Filed under: access,broadband,community,government - 16 Jul 2009

NTIAJuly 10, 2009
Call for Reviewers
Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
Help America Advance its National Objective of Broadband Access for All

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce is soliciting experts to evaluate grant proposals for the $4.7 billion Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), an important part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

July 1, 2009

Video of Open Data Hearing

Below is video of the NYC Council Committee on Technology’s hearing on Jun 29 2009 regarding proposed Int. 991, Open Data Standards.

May 20, 2009

S. Derek Turner – The History (and Future) of Internet Policy

Filed under: broadband,FCC,government,policy - 20 May 2009

Derek Turner At the recent Free Press Summit” in Washington DC, FP Research Director S. Derek Turner addressed the topic of Internet Policy. His theme, detailed in his report Dismantling Digital Deregulation: Toward a National Broadband Strategy, was that the deregulatory policies in the 1976 Telecom Act, intended to increase competition, have been so abused by the incumbents as to have had the opposite effect. He argues that the public interest can only be served by a corresponding tilt back into regulation. Transcript | Audio. | Video is below.

May 7, 2009

NY State Senate launches website

Filed under: community,government - 07 May 2009

NY State May 7 2009: The New York State Senate today launched a new website at http://www.nysenate.gov/. The media-rich site includes a live video feed (provided via the free service Mogulus). The site has a blog and an RSS feed. The Senate also has its own YouTube channel, Facebook page, and twitter account. Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith’s introduction to the site is below:

April 8, 2009

In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace

Filed under: development,government,networks,policy,webcast - 08 Apr 2009

Mar 17 2009 Berkman Center: David G. Post, Stern Professor of Law at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, discusses questions raised by his recently-published book, In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace (Oxford), which re-creates Jefferson’s encyclopedia of the New World (“Notes on the State of Virginia,” 1786), but this time for cyberspace. Video below.

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