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  • joly 6:29 pm on 12/31/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST TODAY: @InternetSociety CEO @KathrynCBrown keynote at MWC Shanghai #ShapeTomorrow #CommunityNetworks #mwcs 

    lOn 29 June 2017, Internet Society President and CEO Kathy Brown gave a keynote speech at the “Society and the Human Element” panel at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai. She talked about the role of the telecom industry in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 9, in particular by enabling Community Networks in underserved areas. The speech will be webcast at 7pm EST (00:00 UTC) today December 31 2017 on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.

     

     

    View on Livestream: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/mwcs17
    Twitter: @KathrynCBrown https://twitter.com/KathrynCBrown

     
  • joly 5:14 am on 09/22/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Today is #OneWebDay 2017 w/ theme #OpenThe Pipes for #CommunityNetworks 

    OneWebDayToday Sep 22 2017, is the 12th annual One Web Day. Founded in 2006 by Susan Crawford One Web Day is a counterpart to Earth Day on April 22, with a focus on celebrating and sustaining a fully connected planet. Every year there is a theme, and the 2017 theme is “Open The Pipes“, in recognition of the need for cheap and accessible backhaul for Community Networks. The highlighted video is a section of Kathy Brown‘s speech at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai earlier in the year.

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  • joly 6:34 am on 07/12/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    ISOC-NY and the #NetNeutrality Day of Action #openthepipes 

    As you will hopefully be aware, today July 12 is a designated ‘Internet-wide Day of Action‘ with the main purpose of creating sufficient ruckus to make the FCC think twice about rescinding its Open Internet Order.

    I write, personally, rather than institutionally, to clarify hopefully the Internet Society’s position on this​,​ which is somewhat nuanced.

    ​Firstly​, we welcome the day of action, and indeed any activity that raises the awareness of the network and its governance. Secondly, we thoroughly endorse the principles and spirit of openness that drive it.
    ​That said, there are certain aspects of the Net Neutrality concept and effort ​that give us pause, the main one being the idea that central authorities should tell people how to run their networks. The historical reason the Internet grew, while its peers vanished, was just this lack of control, husbanded by an ad hoc system of organization, exemplified by the IETF, of multistakeholder collaboration. This came to be called, in fact, ‘the Internet model’.
    Globally as, increasingly, authoritarian impulses drive attempts to control, or shatter the integrity of, the Internet abound, ISOC’s role to advocate against such efforts is clear. Oe of the main ways we do this, and I recommend a viewing of Kathy Brown’s keynote at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai a couple of weeks back, is to encourage continuing local-driven growth at the edges i.e. community networks. In that speech, Kathy strongly urges cell carriers to support, and open their networks to, traffic from such communities, arguing that the resulting network effects will benefit everyone.
    This, I would suggest, is where the struggle lies today, in building sustainable modes of bottom up access to the network, rather than campaigning against yet-to-be manifested horrors of monopolistic manipulation. Fast lanes and slow lanes are beside the point.  The rallying cry should be “OPEN THE PIPES!
     
    • Gene Gaines 11:57 am on 07/12/2017 Permalink | Reply

      Joly, Thank you for your excellent post on Day of Action.

      So very important that the open nature of our Internet not be lost, but Verizon and their lawyers prefer to attempt to work to degrade the Internet to become a scarce, costly resource.

      They are wrong, the tides of history, technology, evolution are against them. They will lose, but are in process of harming the Internet as they try to undercut progress.

      Verizon is using the Federal Communications Commission to continue what we call “astroturfing”.

      No honor here for what has become a shambles of a telephone company, as they continue to resist progress. They have lost, perhaps can find survival in becoming a remote alarm company.

  • joly 8:38 am on 05/11/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST TODAY: A Brave New World: How does the Internet Affect Societies? @InternetSociety #thenext25 @ChathamHouse 

    livestreamToday Thursday May 11 2017 the Internet Society and Royal Institute of International Affairs present A Brave New World: How does the Internet Affect Societies? at Chatham House in London UK. Part of the Internet Society’s 25th Anniversary program, a roundtable will examine the question: Is the Internet eliminating divisions in society, or is it accentuating them? . Keynote: Prof. Dr. Erik Huizer, CTO SURFnet. Speakers: Dr. Ismail Syed Shah, Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority; Mr. James Arroyo, OBE, Director for Data, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Ms. Unoma Ndili Okarafor, Ph.D. Founder & CEO at Herbal Papaya, WAAW Foundation; Ms. Rebecca MacKinnon, Director of the Ranking Digital Rights project at New America. Moderator: Ms. Kathryn Brown, President and CEO, Internet Society. The event will be webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel and YouTube. London is 5 hours ahead of NYC.

    What: A Brave New World: How does the Internet Affect Societies?
    Where: Chatham House, London
    When: Thursday May 11 2017 12:30-14:00 BST | 11:30-13:00 UTC | 07:30-9:00 EDT
    Webcast 1: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/chatham
    Webcast 2: https://youtu.be/nCpaptHX0II
    Twitter: #thenext25 https://twitter.com/hashtag/thenext25


     
  • 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,

    Constance

     
  • joly 9:50 am on 02/17/2017 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST TODAY: @ISOCBB launches “Unleashing the Internet in the Caribbean” Report w/ @KathrynCBrown 

    livestreamToday, Friday February 17 2017 at 10am ET (15:00 UTC), the Internet Society Barbados Chapter will host the launch of an Internet Society report “Unleashing the Internet in the Caribbean: Removing Barriers to Connectivity and Stimulating Better Access in the Region” Commissioned by the Internet Society, this study identifies solutions that promote continued development of the Internet in the Caribbean, specifically with respect to infrastructure and access services, and provides recommendations to help address the region’s unique challenges. Internet Society President & CEO Kathy Brown will be in attendance. The event will be webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.


    View on Livestream: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/carib

     
  • joly 5:29 am on 06/06/2016 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST TODAY: @KathrynCBrown @InternetSociety Connected Women at #aisbotswana #AIS16 #womenintech #shinethelight 

    Connected WomenToday Monday June 5 2016 the Internet Society will present a session “Connected Women” at the African Internet Summit 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana. The Connected Women event will explore how we can all work together to overcome cultural barriers and promote greater involvement of women developing and utilising Internet technology across Africa. It will be centered on shining the light on Africa’s digital trailblazers; celebrating the success of African women and men who have brought about significant change through their work in ICT and promoting open dialogue amongst participants in the room. Speakers: Evelyn Namara, Founder & CTO, Innovate UgandaDorcas Muthoni, Founder & CEO, OpenWorld Ltd (Kenya);  Agang Ditlhogo, Co-Founder, The Clicking Generation (Botswana); Michuki Mwangi, Regional Development Manager – Africa & Middle East, Internet Society. Moderator: Kathryn Brown, President & CEO, Internet Society. The session will be webcast on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.


    Watch on Livestream: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/connectedwomen/

     
  • joly 3:49 pm on 05/10/2016 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST TODAY: Panel: Is The Internet Fragmenting? @isocdc @microsoft #fragmentation 

    LivestreamToday, Tuesday May 10 2016 the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center and the Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) for a panel discussion Is The Internet Fragmenting? in Washington DC. Recent developments related to the Internet have prompted alarming questions about whether it is fragmenting. They include a diverse set of technical, economic, and policy developments and decisions that have been taken in response to the continued growth and globalization of the Internet, and its evolving role as critical infrastructure for the digital economy. Examples include a rise in DNS content filtering, deployment of distinct IPv4 and IPv6 networks, introduction of zero rating services, and an increasing number of laws related to data localization and restriction of cross-border data flow. Taken together, they raise an overarching concern over whether the global Internet is moving from a universal system to one characterized by various types of fragmentation that are caused either by intended or unintended consequences of technical, commercial, and/or political decision taken without full consideration of their potential impact. Policy stakeholders, including government, the technical community, civil society, industry, and other organizations to consider these issues more fully. Panelists will discuss the different types of Internet fragmentation, their associated technical, economic, and political impacts and when fragmentation may be desirable or problematic. Additionally, the panelists will examine how these should be taken into consideration in policy making. Keynote: Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Panel: Kathryn Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, Internet Society; Dr. Laura DeNardis, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Communication at American University, Director of Research, Global Commission on Internet Governance; Danil Kerimi, Head of Digital Economy, World Economic Forum; Paul Mitchell, Senior Director of Technology Policy, Microsoft; Jeremy West, Senior Policy Analyst, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The event will be streamed live via Skype by Microsoft, and relayed on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.

    What: Panel: Is The Internet Fragmenting?
    Where: Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center, Washington DC
    When: Tuesday May 10 2016 3:30pm-5pm EDT | 19:30-21:00 UTC
    Webcast: http://bit.ly/1Tn4uJl
    Relay: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/fragmentation
    Twitter: #fragmentation https://twitter.com/hashtag/fragmentation


     
  • joly 11:09 pm on 04/12/2016 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST WEDS: The Internet at a Crossroads w/ @LauraDeNardis @KathrynCBrown + Fiona Alexander @NTIA #iana 

    LivestreamOn Wednesday April 13 2016 at 10am The Internet Governance Lab at American University (AU) and the Internet Policy Forum of the Greater Washington DC Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-DC) will host a book launch of The Turn to Infrastructure in Internet Governance in Washington DC. Authors Derrick Cogburn, Laura DeNardis, Nanette Levinson, will be joined by Dean James Goldgeier of the AU School of International Service, Jeffrey Rutenbeck of the AU School of Communication, plus special guests Kathy Brown of the Internet Society and Fiona Alexander from the NTIA, to discuss the book. A live webcast from the AU a/v team will be mirrored on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.

    What: Book launch: The Turn to Infrastructure in Internet Governance
    Where: American University, Washington DC
    When: Wednesday April 13 2016 10am-11:30am EDT | 14:00-15:30 UTC
    Webcast: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/crossroads
    Twitter: #isocdc http://twitter.com/hashtag/isocdc


     
  • joly 4:52 am on 05/12/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO – Global Conference on Internet Governance and Cyber-Security @ColumbiaSIPA @OurInternetGCIG #ig 

    SIPA_GCIG_ConferenceOn Thursday May 14 and Friday May 15 2015 the  Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs(SIPA) and the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) presented the Conference on Internet Governance and Cyber-Security at Columbia University in NYC. Over 40 speakers – including Vint Cerf, Kathy Brown, Fadi Chehadé, Larry Strickling, David Gross, Leslie Daigle, Rebecca Mackinnon, Konstantinos Komaitis, Michael Nelson, and Laura DeNardis, discussed the most pressing policy issues in the worlds of internet governance and cyber-security including privacy, security, innovation, international trade and cross border data flows, data protectionism, human rights, freedom of expression and more. The conference was webcast live via a joint effort of the Internet Society and the SIPA IT Department. Video is below.

    What: Conference on Internet Governance and Cyber-Security
    Agenda: https://sipa.columbia.edu/experience-sipa/cross-cutting-initiatives/cyber-security/agenda
    Webcast: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/SIPA
    Twitter: #SIPAcyber

     
  • joly 5:46 pm on 08/29/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Message from @InternetSociety President Kathy Brown #netmundial #igf 

    Kathy Brown

    To my ISOC Colleagues,

    I am writing as I fly to Istanbul with much anticipation for a week of important work. I understand that more than 3000 people have registered for the IGF. This past year, as a diverse Internet community, we have given much thought and energy on how to best “govern” ourselves. In Istanbul, we will have an opportunity, with our colleagues from around the world, to, once again, demonstrate the power of collective collaboration and action. As we know, collaboration is essential to ensure the future of the Internet. If decisions related to the Internet and its future are not in the hands of the many, they will only be in the hands of the few. I will post some further thoughts this weekend on IGF before the panels, workshops, lunches and dinners begin.

    I wanted, however, to take a few moments before we land to report back on my observations of the WEF event yesterday.

    I applaud the leadership of the World Economic Forum for highlighting and recognizing the enormity of the effect of the Internet on the global economy and the benefits and challenges inherent in its adoption in much of the world. It is, of course, entirely legitimate that it seeks to understand and participate in the debate on internet governance. When given the opportunity to comment during the morning session, I urged that its thinking about governance include as its central tenet the continuing investment, innovation and access to the Internet to and for everyone, particularly for those who do not yet have access and for the “unborn innovator”.

    Many of us in and around the Internet Society–on Staff, on the Board, in our organizational members and Chapters, in the IETF and the IAB have been deeply committed and involved in working with our extended communities to address the threats to the Internet as well as to develop, manage and deploy the ever-evolving technology of the Internet throughout the world. We revel in inventing the future. Together, we have adopted a bottom up culture and method of decision making around numerous, local and global, technical, social and legal issues that arise in the decentralized, distributed ecosystem which is the Internet.

    We were delighted with the cooperative spirit in Brazil at Net Mundial as well as our collective ability to reach rough consensus on the principles that should govern our governing. Olaf Kolkman, ISOC’s new CITO, enthusiastically said, lets tack these principles on the door and, for all who are ready to embrace them, come on in.

    Many of us are busy implementing features of the NetMundial roadmap. ISOC has developed toolkits for spam and IXPs; our regional offices hold INETs throughout the world to demonstrate and teach technical skills; our Leadership program creates and administers online courses and sponsors leadership seminars, ambassadorships and internships; we take active leadership in policy development for governance issues; and our staff has worked tirelessly to introduce best practices workshops to the IGF, while our Chapters have actively supported Regional and National IGFs around the Globe. The Internet Society is a party to the NTIA Transition Coordinating Committee. Our representatives and Chapters are intimately involved in the ICANN accountability dialogue. We believe that we are well along the Internet Governance journey.

    We welcome any and all people and groups of good will to work with us and the broader Internet Community in a multi-stakeholder effort to deepen and broaden this effort. We certainly invite WEF to get acquainted with our collective work that is serious and ongoing. I heard some intention to do that.

    I was disturbed, however, as others have expressed, with the opaque way the meeting came about; about what seemed to be established agendas; talk of some new single entity and top down models that purport to represent organic community processes that could be hobbled by definitions and artificial role expectations.

    I frankly do not know enough to know whether my concerns are justified. I look forward to hearing more from WEF, and perhaps, from the ICANN leadership, this week, about the initiative. I hope, too, that the folks at WEF who are coming to the IGF soak up the energy, creativity, work and sweat of the community that will gather this week. A constructive dialogue and the collaborative spirit of NetMundial may just cause us to join forces for the good of the Internet and the good of the world.

    So, on to Istanbul. We have work to do.

    Kathy

     
  • joly 3:27 pm on 06/20/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEOS: Kathy Brown and Sally Wentworth at @InternetSociety Chapter workshop in London. 

    Earlier today, Friday June 20 2014, the Internet Society’s 100 odd Chapters met for a workshop prior to the ICANN 50 meeting in London. The assembly was addressed by both President/CEO Kathy Brown, and Vice President for Policy Sally Wentworth. Videos, by ISOC Canada’s Glenn McKnight, are below.

    Kathy Brown (16 mins)

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/9th3d3vMpTw
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/6o3opsaafMfO/

    Sally Wentworth (9 mins)

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/6j0RG5Be7Wk
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/JHDwYqMhtHvg/

     
  • joly 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.

    Specifically:

    • 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 9:43 pm on 03/05/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: Parliament meets Internet. #Surveillance, the digital economy & the #OpenInternet @ISOCUKEngland @InternetSociety #ietf89 

    ISOC EnglandOn Tuesday March 4 2014 the ISOC UK England chapter presented “Parliament meets Internet. Surveillance, the digital economy & the Open Internet.” at the UK House of Parliament. Speakers included Jari Arkko – Chair of the IETF, and Kathy Brown – CEO of the Internet Society, Members of Parliament from all 3 major UK parties, plus UK Internet experts. Video is webex, so not high quality,

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/Z_3RO3vJ8ug
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/ybTuCXlZqLxK/
    Audio: http://isoc-ny.org/misc/parliament_meets_internet_2014-03-04.mp3
    Video: http://isoc-ny.org/misc/parliament_meets_internet_2014-03-04.mp4
    Twitter: @ISOCUKEngland | #parlietf

     
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