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  • joly 1:08 am on 04/11/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    @InternetSociety calls for stronger encryption @G20 

    ISOC logoOn April 8 2017 ISOC-NY received the following memo from the Internet Society Global Policy team’s Constance Bommelaer:

    As G20 discussions wrap in Düsseldorf, we wanted to share with you the Digital Economy Declaration that was adopted today, outlining a path for a strong digital future. But as world leaders head home, we must remember there is still work to be done.

    In the months leading up to the high-level meeting, The Internet Society sent a strong message that a sustainable digital economy depends on an Internet we trust, and that encryption can help make it happen.

    We need to keep saying this.

    To that end, our President and CEO – Kathy Brown – has published an opinion piece today on The Internet Society’s website

    You can read it here.

    And here: 

    We ask that you share this post with your contacts and on channels. 

    This marks the acceleration of our efforts to send the message to governments that encryption is a positive thing.  As Kathy Brown wrote in a comment to Morning Tech, “It is time to stop kicking the encryption football up and down the field. Instead, we should recognize that encryption is key to the future digital economy and stop treating it as simply an obstacle to law enforcement. We need to deconstruct the issues faced by law enforcement and agree together how we can achieve a trusted digital economy underpinned by encryption.”

    If you want to read more coverage of our message, please see the following news articles:

    Together we can keep sending the message that a strong digital economy depends on an Internet we trust.

    Best regards,


  • joly 2:18 pm on 10/11/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: @InternetSociety Q4 2015 Community Forum inc #WSIS and #IGF updates 

    On Thursday October 8 2015 the Internet Society convened its Q4 2015 Community Forum. It was essentially an Internet Governance update from – and Q&A with – our policy staff Sally Wentworth, Vice President of Global Policy Development, and Constance Bommelaer, Senior Director of Global Internet Policy, plus a chance to meet with the 2015 Internet Society WSIS fellows. Video is below:

    View on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Kd5lI9oPv9k

  • joly 12:11 pm on 04/29/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Internet #Governance in May – Some background information #ig #igf #wsis 

    An update on forthcoming Internet Governance events from the Internet Society’s Senior Director of Global Internet Policy Constance Bommelaer.

    Internet Society

    May has traditionally been a busy month for Internet governance discussions in Geneva. This year is no different, but the stakes are higher for those who care about the Internet and its future.
    2015 is the year where we celebrate the 10 years of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). For the past 10 years, governments, the private sector, civil society, academia and the Internet technical community have worked together at the local and the global levels to make the Internet a useful tool for development. We now have more than 3 billion people online, with growth mostly in developing countries. We have more work to do to reach the vision of an “Internet for Everyone”; but much has been achieved and we should celebrate success. 
    May will be populated with a series of WSIS-related meetings taking place in Geneva. Here is some background information to help you navigate and engage in these discussions :
    • CSTD (4-8 May): This is the last phase of the WSIS review process before the UN General Assembly process begins in June. A report on ” Implementing WSIS outcomes: A ten-year review ” will be discussed, and a Resolution on WSIS will be negotiated, which will provide important guidance for the events to happen in New York in December. Raul Echeberria, VP Global Engagement (ISOC), has been invited to deliver a high-level statement at this occasion.
    • IGF MAG and Open Consultations (20-22 May): The Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) will continue preparations for the 2015 Internet Governance Forum, to be held 10-13 November 2015 in Brazil. Much efforts are spent on intersessional work and ongoing progress with Best Practice Forums, a format that focuses on sharing lessons learned from dealing with tangible issues such as spam. A new track on developing ” Policy menus for Connecting the Next Billion” has also been launched. We will be sending a separate note on how to concretely engage in this work next week.
    • ITU Council 2015 (12-22 May): ITU Council meetings are open to all ITU Member States as well as ITU sector members and are available as webcasts to Member States and sector members. It is expected that the Council will discuss the role of the ITU in the WSIS process. 
    • ITU WSIS Forum   (25-29 May): WSIS Forums provide an annual avenue to take stock of progress on WSIS Action Lines. The Internet Society is organizing a set of sessions (collaborative security, local content) and will have high-level representatives delivering policy statements. The theme of this year’s forum is ” Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development “. More to follow as we get closer to the event.
    The original WSIS process took place soon after international agreement on the creation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Similarly, this year’s final WSIS+10 review takes place shortly after the follow-up to the MDGs, the so called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be adopted in New York, 25 – 27 September 2015. It is already quite apparent that the SDG process is going to influence the direction of the WSIS beyond 2015 towards the contribution of ICTs for development. 

    As you can see, 2015 is a busy year for Internet Governance and the Internet Society will continue to be on the front and facilitate the participation of the Internet community. For an outlook and key global and local IG tracks this year, visit our Internet governance timelinehttp://www.internetsociety.org/igtimeline

    Additional information will be circulated w.r. to each of these events. In the meantime, if you plan to participate or have any questions, please let us know!

    Constance Bommelaer

    Senior Director, Global Internet Policy
    The Internet Society

  • joly 2:15 am on 03/27/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: A Digital Magna Carta : Internet Governance and a New Social Contract @NewAmericaNYC @SwissCGNY #nanyc #ig 

    digital magna cartaOn Thursday March 26 2015 the Consulate General of Switzerland and the New America Foundation presented A Digital Magna Carta : Internet Governance and a New Social Contract. A distinguished panel discussed the future of the Internet in an increasingly connected, globalized world. Speakers: Dr. Jovan Kurbalija, Director, DiploFoundation, & Author, Introduction to Internet Governance; Constance Bommelaer, Senior Director for Global Policy Partnerships, Internet Society; Olivier Sylvain, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University; George Sadowsky, Member, Internet Governance Forum series, & Member, Board of Directors,  Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); Stefaan Verhulst, Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer, the Governance Lab. It will be recorded for a New America Foundation audio podcast and webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.

    View on Livestream: https://new.livestream.com/internetsociety/digitalmagnacarta/videos/81670666
    Twitter: #nanyc

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