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  • Joly MacFie 9:42 am on 04/23/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST: #NETmundial2014 underway in Sao Paulo, Brazil #icann #igf #iana #governance 

    NetmundialToday April 23 2014 and tomorrow April 24 2014 the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance aka NETmundial is taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The meeting will focus on crafting Internet governance principles and proposing a roadmap for the further evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem. Draft outcome documents are posted at http://document.netmundial.br/ A live webcast is available below. A multilingual version is also available.

    Wednesday Morning session:

    View on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KemK8YbHrI

    Wednesday Afternoon session:

    View on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUxDb5RY3Cg

    Thursday Morning session:

    View on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN1Kt5umwwQ

    Thursday Afternoon session:

    View on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2DAvj5M60k


    Twitter: #netmundial2014

  • Joly MacFie 4:28 pm on 04/22/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    @InternetSociety Observations on the Upcoming #NETmundial Meeting #governance #igf 

    ISOC[From Internet Society CEO/President Kathy Brown]

    This week, the world’s eyes will turn to Brazil, host of the NETmundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance. This meeting is an important opportunity to continue discussions on key Internet governance principles and a roadmap for future action.

    We are in the midst of a very busy global policy dialogue on Internet governance and, as the discussion grows, it is more important than ever to be clear about what is meant by the phrase “Internet governance.” This is a discussion that has its origins in the 2003-2005 UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and that has, in the years since, evolved as dynamically as the Internet itself. This year is a particularly busy one for those of us who are focused on these issues – an inflection point that could shape the future of the Internet and its governance.

    As we look forward to NETmundial, it is important that we consider the broader context: Internet governance is not about the role of any one stakeholder group (governments, technical organizations, private enterprise, civil society, etc.) but is rather about how we all work together to tackle the challenges that emerge in the context of the Internet. Whether the issues are related to ensuring the robustness and resiliency of Internet security and privacy, advancing the deployment and development of core Internet infrastructure, or any number of other concrete challenges, we need to come together to address issues in ways that do not undermine the fundamental design principles of the Internet. Too much focus on static definitions of the roles and responsibilities of any one stakeholder group could distract our attention from achieving the overall balance that is needed for any successful governance system.

    We recognize that this meeting has had a fast-paced preparatory process and that the organizers have made important efforts to enable global, multistakeholder participation. In many ways, this innovative process offers a test case for the longer process of achieving real stakeholder engagement and participation. As with any new event of this kind, there are important lessons from NETmundial that should be learned in terms of transparency, meaningful participation of all stakeholders, and true consensus-building.

    In preparation for the meeting, NETmundial organizers held an open call for content contributions to create an outcome document to guide the discussions. To support the process, the Internet Society submitted a number of comments and worked closely with the Internet Technical Community on a contribution that outlines a set of principles that have promoted the development of the Internet since its inception. In this regard, we are pleased that the concepts of openness and transparency of Internet policy and technical development processes are reflected in the draft outcome document. At the same time, however, we believe that important improvements to the outcome document are needed in order to achieve clarity of scope and to ensure that NETmundial positively contributes to the ongoing Internet governance dialogue.


    • The document would benefit from a clarification on the scope of “Internet governance.” Grounding this text in the WSIS Tunis Agenda, particularly in reference to the definition of Internet governance (Tunis Agenda, paragraph 34), is important. In the absence of such clarification, the intent of the document is unclear and there is a persistent confusion throughout the sections between the governance of public policy issues and the technical development processes of the Internet.
    • The multistakeholder model of Internet governance should advance the public interest, support the openness of the Internet, and enable the free flow of information. It respects the responsibilities of diverse stakeholders and is based on open processes which require participants to inform themselves to appropriately engage in the discussion. Those concepts should be reintroduced into the text.
    • The concepts of openness, meaningful participation, transparency, accountability, and inclusiveness are critical for Internet governance as well as for the continued technical development and deployment of a global, interoperable Internet. It is important, however, to recognize the diversity of processes within the current Internet governance ecosystem and that the mechanisms for honoring these principles may differ among organizations.

    The references to strengthening the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) are very helpful and positive. The IGF is an indispensable element of the ecosystem that can address existing questions and identify emerging issues, while coordinating dialogues at international, regional, and local levels. We need to fully take the work of these groups into account, recognize the progress made, and learn from the collective multistakeholder dialogue that groups like the IGF have fostered. As such, this document should focus on the need to strengthen and improve existing Internet governance arrangements rather than calling for the creation of new and possibly duplicative ones. Efforts devoted to developing new mechanisms would take valuable expertise and resources away from strengthening existing arrangements like the IGF and could, ultimately, be counterproductive.

    The result of the discussions at the NETmundial meeting will provide an important contribution to the broader Internet governance dialogue. The work accomplished in Sao Paulo must help inform the review of the WSIS and the work of the IGF in Istanbul. This is a time for critical reflection and action and the discussions in Brazil will provide significant input to this process; but, these are not the only inputs.

    As we all continue to put the various pieces together, we must remember how the Internet has transformed societies and has empowered people all around the world. We must remember how multistakeholder governance has allowed a diversity of actors to come together, and to exchange and share ideas that have contributed to the evolution of the Internet. And, we must continue to encourage an inclusive exchange of knowledge and know-how.

    We look forward to listening to the questions, concerns, and ideas of all stakeholders over the course of NETmundial and to working collaboratively towards workable solutions.   For more information see our NETmundial page.

  • Joly MacFie 1:15 pm on 04/17/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: @InternetSociety Internet #Governance update and discussion webinar #netmundial #igf 

    Internet_SocietyOn Thursday 17 Aprilthe Internet Society held a webinar on Internet Governance. As we are moving ahead into the year with major conferences that will shape the future of Internet governance, the intent was to prepare for NETmundial, share post-WTDC insights and exchange on WSIS+10 as well as IGF issues. With a large portion of the time allocated to dialogue, the agenda was structured with a view to maximizing interactions between all Members and staff. A video recording is below.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/N4PhhVVHqN8
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/Bl52jgLMmJIw/
    00:00 Markus Kummer
    01:51 Daniel Fink
    26:51 Akinori Maemura
    38:22 Nick Ashton-Hart
    42:26 Evan Leibovitch
    46:34 Christopher Wilkinson
    48:34 Sally Wentworth
    52:20 Constance Bommelaer
    58:43 Raquel Gatto

  • Joly MacFie 5:34 pm on 03/25/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    New @GlobalSN report – The Remarkable Internet Governance Network – free to download #iana #netgov 

    Global Solution NetworksThe Global Solution Networks program at the University of Toronto has released a two part research report The Remarkable Internet Governance Network, authored by former Internet Society President/CEO Lynn St. Amour, and GSN Executive Director Don Tapscott. The report is intended to assist governments and organizations to better understand the Internet governance network and how to help it succeed.

    The recent IANA Globalization initiative is noted. From the press release:

    [St. Amour and Tapscott] describe the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance, why it works remarkably well and what needs to be done to ensure a robust, global, accessible and effectively governed Internet for future generations. [They] applaud the NTIA decision as a natural step forward and a significant confirmation that the multi-stakeholder model is effective and legitimate. They explain that evolving the global multi-stakeholder ecosystem is not only right and timely, but also the best way to address some of the thornier policy issues global society faces. These issues range from privacy, security and Net neutrality, to access and intellectual property.

    Included in the report’s additional materials are transcripts of interviews with Tim Berners-Lee, Fadi Chehadé, Vint Cerf, Bertrand de La Chapelle, and Jonathan Zittrain. The report is free to download:

  • Joly MacFie 2:58 am on 03/15/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Internet Technical Leaders Welcome #IANA Globalization Progress @NTIAgov @InternetSociety 

    On Friday March 14 2014 the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that it had invited ICANN to make a multistakeholder-derived proposal to take over responsibility for the “IANA functions“, i.e. management of the Internet’s root zone, when the current contract ends in 2015. In response Internet technical organizations, including the Internet Society, issued the following statement:

    Internet Technical Leaders Welcome IANA Globalization Progress

    The leaders of the Internet technical organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet infrastructure (IETF, IAB, RIRs, ccTLD ROs, ICANN, ISOC, and W3C), welcome the US Government’s announcement of the suggested changes related to the IANA functions contract.

    The roles on policy development processes of the Internet technical organizations and ICANN’s role as administrator of the IANA functions, remain unchanged

    The transition of the US Government stewardship has been envisaged since the early days of IANA functions contract. This transition is now feasible due to the maturity of the Internet technical organizations involved in performing their respective roles related to the IANA functions, and ICANN will facilitate a global, multi-stakeholder process to plan for the transition.

    The strength and stability of the IANA functions within the above organizations (which make up the Internet technical community) are critical to the operation of the Internet. The processes around the IANA functions have always been carefully specified in the communities that our organizations represent. The IANA functions are faithfully administered by ICANN. We are committed to continuing our proven, community-driven processes as we engage in this transition. Our communities are already considering proposals to progress the transition.

    Our organizations are committed to open and transparent multi-stakeholder processes. We are also committed to further strengthening our processes and agreements related to the IANA functions, and to building on the existing organizations and their roles. The Internet technical community is strong enough to continue its role, while assuming the stewardship function as it transitions from the US Government.

    Participating Leaders

    • Adiel A. Akplogan, CEO African Network Information Center (AFRINIC)
    • Barrack Otieno, Manager, The African Top Level Domains Organization (AFTLD)
    • Paul Wilson, Director General Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC)
    • Don Hollander, General Manager Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association (APTLD)
    • John Curran, CEO American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
    • Peter Van Roste, General Manager, Council for European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR)
    • Russ Housley, Chair Internet Architecture Board (IAB)
    • Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
    • Jari Arkko, Chair Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
    • Kathy Brown, President and CEO Internet Society (ISOC)
    • Raúl Echeberría, CEO Latin America and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC)
    • Carolina Aguerre, General Manager, Latin American and Caribbean TLD Association (LACTLD)
    • Axel Pawlik, Managing Director Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC)
    • Jeff Jaffe, CEO World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

    Twitter: #IANA | @NTIAgov

  • Joly MacFie 3:50 am on 02/04/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST TODAY: 2014 High-Level Conferences on ICT and the Internet: What Do They Mean? w/ @Veni Markovski @BerkmanCenter #governance 

    Veni MarkovskiToday Tuesday February 4 2014 Veni Markovski, ICANN VP for Russia, CIS, and Eastern Europe, President of ISOC’s Bulgarian Chapter, will present 2014 High-Level Conferences on ICT and the Internet: What Do They Mean for the Internet As We Know It?, a talk in the Berkman Institute’s lunchtime series at Harvard Law School. The talk will be webcast live by the Berkman Center.

    What: 2014 High-Level Conferences on ICT and the Internet: What Do They Mean for the Internet As We Know It?
    Where: Berkman Institute, Boston
    When: Tuesday February 4 2014 12.30pm-2.00pm EST | 1730-1900 UTC
    Webcast: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/02/markovski
    Twitter: @Veni | @BerkmanCenter

  • Joly MacFie 3:06 pm on 01/22/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    NEW BOOK: The Global War for Internet #Governance by @LauraDeNardis 

    Global War for Internet Governance On January 14 2014 Yale University Press published The Global War for Internet Governance by American University Professor Laura DeNardis. From the blurb:

    The Internet has transformed the manner in which information is exchanged and business is conducted, arguably more than any other communication development in the past century. Despite its wide reach and powerful global influence, it is a medium uncontrolled by any one centralized system, organization, or governing body, a reality that has given rise to all manner of free-speech issues and cybersecurity concerns. The conflicts surrounding Internet governance are the new spaces where political and economic power is unfolding in the twenty-first century. This all-important study by Laura DeNardis reveals the inner power structure already in place within the architectures and institutions of Internet governance. It provides a theoretical framework for Internet governance that takes into account the privatization of global power as well as the role of sovereign nations and international treaties. In addition, DeNardis explores what is at stake in open global controversies and stresses the responsibility of the public to actively engage in these debates, because Internet governance will ultimately determine Internet freedom.

    The book is available in hardback and kindle editions from Amazon, where it can also be previewed. YouTube has video from June 2013 of Prof. DeNardis talking about its theme.

  • Joly MacFie 5:42 am on 01/21/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST THURS: Internet #Governance 2020 – Geopolitics and the Future of the Internet @isocdc @csis 

    Internet Governance 2020Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (EST) the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) will host a panel discussion – Internet Governance 2020- Geopolitics and the Future of the Internet in Washington DC. First there will be keynote remarks from Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda – Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy. The panel comprises Richard Beaird – Senior International Policy Advisor, Wiley Rein; Laura DeNardis – Associate Professor in the School of Communication, American University; Veni Markovski – Vice President for Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe, ICANN; Michael Nelson – Principal Technology Policy Strategist, Microsoft; and Sally Wentworth – Senior Director, Strategic Public Policy, The Internet Society. Moderators are James Lewis – Director and Senior Fellow, Technology and Public Policy Program, CSIS; and David Vyorst – Co-Founder, Relay Station Digital Strategies. The event will be webcast live via the Internet Society livestream channel.

    What: Internet Governance 2020- Geopolitics and the Future of the Internet
    Where: Washington DC
    When: Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 9:00AM-11:00AM EST | 1400-1600 UTC
    Webcast: https://new.livestream.com/internetsociety/InternetGovernance2020
    Twitter: @isocdc | #governance

  • Joly MacFie 5:20 am on 12/05/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: Who Controls the Internet? from @karismacol with @AMARAsubs from @GlobalVoices #governance 

    This short video primer on Internet Governance was created and captioned by Colombian NGO Fundación Karisma, with financial support from Mozilla, and translated to English via AMARA by the Global Voices Translation Project. Use the closed captions to see the English translation. Please consider finding time to contribute to translating it into further languages via AMARA at the link below. It is licensed CC-BY-SA so you are totally free to add your own voiceover and repost under the same license..

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/HU2Vbo_SxIs
    Translate on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/j4LZIZOVeCrp/

  • Joly MacFie 3:00 pm on 11/13/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO : Is There A Third Way For The Internet: Neither The US Nor The UN But Independence? #governance 

    CITIOn Tuesday November 12 2013 at 12:00pm EST the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) hosted an e-conference on Internet Governance titled: Is There A Third Way For The Internet: Neither The US Nor The UN But Independence? The conference asked the question “Are there models of internet governance that establish internet independence from the US without the UN or other governments expanding their influence or control? What are their advantages and disadvantages?” Speakers included:Eli Noam, Director, CITI; John Curran, President and CEO, American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN); Alejandro Pisanty, Director of Computing Academic Services, National Autonomous University of Mexico, ICANN Board Member; Fred Goldstein, Interisle Consulting Group, Senior Member of the IEEE; Milton Mueller, Professor, Syracuse University; Lorenzo Pupillo, Economist, Telecom Italia; Fred Golstein, Interisle Consulting Group, Senior member of the IEEE; and Robert Atkinson of CITI. Moderator was Dave Burstein of ISOC-NY. The conference was relayed via the Internet Society Chapters Webcast Channel and is archived below.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/ve9bTQvGmH8
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/p04RmtFRgkPm/
    Download: video | audio
    Twitter: none but, say, #thirdway

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