Members of the Internet technical community – the African Top Level Domains Organization (AfTLD), Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries (CENTR), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Internet Society (ISOC), Latin American and Caribbean TLD Association (LACTLD), the Ripe Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC), Dr. Michael R. Nelson, Dr. Alejandro Pisanty, George Sadowsky and Andrew Sullivan, have issued a statement following the recent Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015 (GCCS2015) in The Hague.
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Today Wednesday April 15 2015 at 9am EDT the Internet Society will hold a Community Forum – an open dialogue about a number of current issues. Hosts will be Raúl Echeberría, Vice President for Global Engagement, and Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer. Topics include: 1) A regional update the Latin American and Caribbean region: 2) Some of the top issues related to Internet Technology; 3) A review about where we are on the Internet Governance debate featuring data from the recently completed ISOC survey on the topic; 4) Details about our upcoming global virtual event: InterCommunity 2015. The Forum is open to all Internet Society members via the ISOC Connect platform. Simultaneous English & Spanish translation will be available.
What: Community Forum
When: Wednesday April 15 2015 at 10am-11:10am EDT | 14:00-15:10 UTC
On Tuesday February 10 2015 the Internet Society held a Chapters & Members meeting in conjunction with ICANN 52 in Singapore. All ISOC members and staff of member organizations were invited to attend, either in person or online. After introductions there was a lengthy and lively discussion on the tradeoffs between security and privacy on the Internet. Remote participation was available via webex. Video/audio of the live webcast is below.
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/xFRlRW-2aqw
Download video: http://firstname.lastname@example.org (1GB)
Download audio: http://email@example.com (76MB)
Transcribe on AMARA: http://amara.org/en/videos/KgDHcRqdSOzP/
Twitter: #isoc + #icann52
Today Wednesday December 10 2014 the Internet Society will present the Central Asian Internet Symposium, Bishkek 2014 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. The Central Asia region serves as a strategic link between Asia and Europe for terrestrial Internet connectivity. Many international and regional organizations are recognizing the economic and social impact of an improved regional connectivity infrastructure. ISOC has engaged with several high-level stakeholders in the Kyrgyz Republic, including National Institute for Strategic Studies of Kyrgyzstan (NISS), to collaborate on developing the Internet infrastructure in the region leading to this Symposium which has the theme “Perspectives for Internet Development in the Kyrgyz Republic“. Speakers include Frédéric Donck, Director of European Regional Bureau, Internet Society, and Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer, Internet Society, and Talant Sultanov, Director of NISS. Also there will be a video message from Vint Cerf. The event will be webcast live via Internet Society Livestream Channel. Bishkek is UTC+6 – 11 hours ahead of NYC.
What: Central Asian Internet Symposium, Bishkek 2014
Where: Golden Tulip Hotel Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
When: Wednesday December 10 2014 09.00-17:30 KGT | 03:00-11:30 UTC | 22:00-06:30 EST
@UN Members Strengthen Their Position on #Surveillance – – @InternetSociety comments: need better definitions
[By Christine Runnegar – via Internet Society Blog – http://www.internetsociety.org//blog/public-policy/2014/12/un-members-strengthen-their-position-surveillance ]
On 18 December 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 68/167 on the right to privacy in the digital age , sending a clear message to the international community that the right to privacy applies online as well as offline.
Recently, the Third Committee adopted a second resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age  brought to the UN by Brazil and Germany and sponsored by the countries illustrated in the map.
Map produced using http://www.amcharts.com
The resolution emphasizes that unlawful or arbitrary surveillance or interception of communications violates the right to privacy. Significantly, the resolution also formally recognises that metadata can have a privacy impact, and that even the mere collection of data can violate the right to privacy.
There is a call to member states to take measures to stop and prevent surveillance-related privacy violations, echoing the call in the 2013 resolution. The 2014 resolution also goes a step further and calls for member states to offer individuals whose privacy rights have been violated by unlawful or arbitrary surveillance with access to an effective remedy, consistent with international human rights obligations.
Now that the position of the supporting member states has been made clear in these resolutions, it is important to consider what those principles mean in practice. In this regard, the Internet Society strongly supports the significant progress that has been made in the UN on the issue of pervasive surveillance, but calls upon member states, in partnership with all stakeholders, to articulate what is (or is not) unlawful or arbitrary surveillance – to consider the practical meaning of conditions such as “necessary”, “proportionate” and “not arbitrary” in that context.
For the Internet Society, the key criterion here is legitimacy. To be legitimate, a surveillance policy must not only be legal: it must also be demonstrably necessary, proportionate and fair. Since “fairness” is a subjective quality, demonstrating fairness relies on other factors which the Internet Society has consistently championed: transparency, accountability, and appropriate representation of the rights and interests of all stakeholders.
We also believe there should be open debate on how to protect Internet users from unlawful or arbitrary surveillance.
Recently, the “I* Group” was invited to participate in the NETmundial Initiative, which is different from the one-time NETmundial meeting in which we participated in April 2014; we endorsed the outcomes of that meeting. This new and different NETmundial Initiative has been organized by the partnership of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the World Economic Forum (WEF). This announcement has resulted in considerable discussion and concern amongst various stakeholders regarding the purpose, scope, and nature of the proposed activity or organization.
The Internet Society Board discussed this proposed NETmundial Initiative in depth during its meeting November 15 – 16, 2014. As a result, the Internet Society Board first emphasizes that the main priority facing the Internet community right now is the IANA Functions’ Stewardship Transition and recommends that all organizations in the Internet community should be highly focused on effectuating a successful transition. The Internet Society remains fully committed to the September 2015 milestone set for completing a plan that will meet the criteria set by U.S. National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA).
With respect to the need for new groups, such as the NETmundial Initiative and its Coordination Council, the Internet Society Board reiterates that the Internet Society’s longstanding position is that there is no single, global platform that can serve to coordinate, organize or govern all the Internet issues that may arise. At its heart, the Internet is a decentralized, loosely coupled, distributed system that allows policies to be defined by those who require them for their operations and that ensures that issues can be resolved at a level closest to their origin. The ecosystem draws its strength from the involvement of a broad range of actors working through open, transparent, and collaborative processes to innovate and build the network of networks that is the cornerstone of the global economy. Based on the information that we have to date, the Internet Society cannot agree to participate in or endorse the Coordination Council for the NETmundial Initiative. We are concerned that the way in which the NETmundial Initiative is being formed does not appear to be consistent with the Internet Society’s longstanding principles, including:
• Bottom-up orientation
The Board has asked the Internet Society’s CEO, Kathryn Brown, to convene a dialogue within the Internet Society community. This includes Internet Society Chapters from around the world, Internet Society organization members, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), partners from the Internet technical community, and others. The dialogue should consider whether any new initiatives or groups are needed at the current time and, if so, to define the objectives for any such effort.
In addition, Bob Hinden, Chairman of the Internet Society Board of Trustees has initiated a dialogue with the Chairman of the ICANN Board, given ICANN’s leading involvement in the NETmundial Initiative.
The Internet Society remains committed to a vision of the Internet that is open, inclusive, decentralized and for the benefit of all people throughout the world.
 The I* Group encompasses the Internet Society, IETF, IAB, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), ICANN, and the regional Top Level Domain (TLD) organizations.
 The Internet Society’s position from the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) of 2003 and 2005, is “Many issues cannot be solved by new, overarching structures at a global level but rather by building on today’s open, multi-stakeholder and cooperative processes.” And that the community should “…consider whether new structures will bring truly measurable, positive change to the functioning, stability, security and openness of the Internet.” (http://www.internetsociety.org/wsis).
#IETF91 is underway in Honolulu – remote participation details + @InternetSociety briefing webcast is today 4:45 EST
This week the 91st meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Internet Society has published not one but two Rough Guides to IETF 91: 1) “Routing Resilience & Security“; 2) Nerds Return to Paradise
What: IETF 91
Where: Honolulu, Hawaii
When: November 9-14, 2014
Remote participation: http://www.ietf.org/meeting/91/remote-participation.html
Google event: https://plus.google.com/115114278816279309050/
ISOC @ IETF91
Today, Tuesday November 11 2014, the Internet Society Briefing Panel on the topic of “Is Identity an Internet Building Block?” will happen from 11:45AM-12:45PM HST (21:45-22:45 UTC) (1645-1745 EST). It will also be webcast live via YouTube.
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/5ZedFLeRQp8
Google+ event: https://plus.google.com/events/crvhl1mu5545olngf2jflf8fmik
Busan, 06 November 2014 – ITU and the Internet Society today signed a letter of agreement to collaborate on combating the global problem of spam. Spam now accounts for a significant amount of all global e-mail traffic and presents particular difficulties in areas where bandwidth is insufficient to handle the congestion that spam creates.
“Combating the growing menace of spam and the protection of data is a global concern for legitimate Internet and smartphone users,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré. “We need to find global solutions to curtail the flow of intrusive junk mail which not only clogs up the Internet but also carries huge cost implications.”
Under the new agreement, the Internet Society and the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) will identify the best ways to build long-term capacity for addressing spam in developing countries. This collaborative partnership will explore and identify potential joint cooperative activities to address the growing need for information on how to address the issue of spam.
“We look forward to working with ITU-D as partners in capacity building programmes that will bridge the gaps in understanding so that all countries can have access to the tools and knowledge they need to combat spam,” stated Kathy Brown, President and CEO of the Internet Society. “The costs associated with spam related to wasted bandwidth, storage and network infrastructure, as well as the increased security risks are amplified in developing regions. By collaborating with ITU-D, we hope to make a real and positive impact on the world’s most vulnerable economies.”
The agreement will extend the work that the Internet Society initiated last year to hold workshops that address the various roles in developing and maintaining an effective anti-spam process, as well as leverage the strengths and efforts of ITU-D in the area of building capacity. Without such proactive global work, the problem of spam, particularly given the growing use of mobile devices and social media, will intensify rather than abate.
The organizations have agreed to preliminarily focus their efforts on three areas:
· Facilitating greater regional access to technical experts from the global Internet community who can share anti-spam knowledge and experiences on an ongoing basis
· Providing educational training and information on effective anti-spam policies, technical solutions and operational requirements
· Documenting anti-spam best practices
“Spam is a worldwide obstacle that requires innovative solutions to minimize the burden for countries, network operators, and end users,” notes Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “While the telecommunication industry and Internet communities have made great strides in creating best practices and developing technical tools to combat spam, there is a need to build awareness in developing countries of the ongoing technical, industry and policy developments in this regard, and to centralize the knowledge and expertise available. This partnership aims to fill that need.”
3 November 2014 – At the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the GSMA and the Internet Society (ISOC), announced that they are joining forces to fight against Ebola. The three organizations will bring together the global telecommunications and Internet communities, to leverage their extensive reach, capacity and respective memberships to increase the effectiveness of information and communications technologies (ICTs), especially mobile communications and the Internet, for better preparedness, early warning and response.
Secretary-General of the ITU, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré convened a special session with ITU membership during the Plenipotentiary Conference currently underway in Busan, Republic of Korea, to identify recommendations for a more effective use of ICTs in the fight against Ebola.
Dr Touré stated that: “The ICT Sector is critical in dealing with the Ebola threat. ICTs are already being used by ITU and its partners to support awareness raising and emergency communications, and our immediate challenge is to ensure regulatory barriers are removed to facilitate deployment and use of telecommunications applications for the purpose of saving lives. We will focus on innovative measures to increase the effective use of communications systems and applications. Human life has to be preserved and protected.”
Dr Touré addressed Ministers, Regulators, Ambassadors, and other delegates and appealed to them to ensure that all measures are taken to facilitate the effective deployment of ICTs for addressing the Ebola crisis while balancing this with the need to protect consumer privacy.
ITU has already deployed satellite terminals to support ongoing efforts and is currently developing new applications in close cooperation and coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO). The apps are being designed to improve awareness raising efforts, facilitate early warning alerts, report new cases of infection, and support coordination of humanitarian action at community, country and regional levels.
The GSMA has led in coordinating and standardizing the response of mobile operators in affected countries, and has collaborated with the WHO to develop the “Ebola Mobile Response Blueprint”, which provides critical guidance for operators and regulators on running effective and best practice public health campaigns leveraging mobile technology. Director General of the GSMA, Anne Bouverot said: “The response effort to address the Ebola crisis is broad-ranging and complex, involving many different organizations globally. The mobile industry is committed to continuing to work closely with governments, international bodies and NGOs to utilize technology that will help address this outbreak, as well as deliver information to individuals in affected countries on symptoms, care and resources for this disease.”
ISOC has set up the Ebola TECH Response Group aimed at harnessing the expertise of its extensive tech community around the world to aid the emergency response. Kathy Brown, CEO of ISOC said: “The spread of Ebola and the ravages that it is leaving behind in the affected countries in Africa are imprinting their mark on all of us and have a very personal impact on people in those communities and around the world. Like others, the ISOC community of staff, volunteers and members want to help. We have therefore come together to establish the Ebola TECH Response Group.”
Combining the resources of all three organizations will facilitate knowledge sharing and the exchange of ideas, tools and increase their accessibility to the humanitarian community, mobile operators and the general public.
On Tuesday 14 October 2014, the Internet Society held a Chapters and Members meeting at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles. All ISOC members and staff of member organizations were invited to attend, either in person or online. Suggested topics: 1. Updates to the IANA transition process and an analysis; 2. What are our plans for participating at the ITU Plenipotentiary meeting at the end of October in Busan, Korea; 3. The role of ISOC leading both discussion and direct action supporting community consensus on these topics. Remote participation was available via the Internet Society livestream channel and webex. Video is below.
Plenipot matrix: http://www.internetsociety.org/doc/key-resolutions-and-issues-watch-2014-itu-plenipotentiary-conference
IANA Transfer mailing list: https://elists.isoc.org/mailman/listinfo/ianaxfer