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My views and short report - UN Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation
By cafonso - 11/11/2013 Here are my personal views and a short report as a participant in the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (UNWGEC) – its second meeting just happened in Geneva (6-8 of November). It just follows the latest edition of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held last October in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

Stakeholders wrangle over the Brazil Summit on Internet Governance
By terminus - 25/10/2013 With the recent revelations of mass United States government surveillance, existing Internet governance arrangements have become more than untenable – for many they have become an outrage. And the solutions that governments proposed at WSIS – the IGF and the unfinished process towards enhanced cooperation – have not provided the substantial changes that stakeholders, particularly from the developing world, are now demanding. The speech that President Dilma Rousseff delivered to the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on 24 September set the scene for change, describing her anger at the “grave violation of human rights and civil liberties” represented by the US surveillance revelations:

How the technical community fails at multi-stakeholderism
By terminus - 6/10/2013 - 1 Replies One of the standard arguments that the United States and other developed countries make in opposing changes to Internet governance is that the Internet is already well governed through a multi-stakeholder model by a network of grassroots Internet technical community organisations. These are said to include the IETF (Internet Engineering Taskforce), ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the RIRs (Regional Internet Registries) and the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).

Why civil society's role as Internet rights watchdog doesn't scale, and what to do about it
By terminus - 3/9/2013 How quickly the Internet communities have gone from rallying behind the banner of Internet freedom last year, fresh from our victory in the defeat of SOPA and ACTA, to the position where now Byron Holland, the CEO of CIRA, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, can proclaim "the Internet as we know it is dead".

First reaction to the cancellation of the IGF
By terminus - 29/7/2013 - 1 Replies News of the cancellation of the Bali IGF meeting has been the hot topic of discussion since last Thursday, after news broke that there was a shortfall of $1.05m in the event's budget of $2.2m. The Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information had contributed only $250k, passing the baton to a local organising committee to raise the balance.

The Role of Governments in Internet Governance
By terminus - 19/6/2013 Here is a presentation that I delivered to Diplo Foundation on the Role of Governments in Internet Governance, using three recent case studies - the ITU's World Telecommunication/ICG Policy Forum 2013, the US Congress bill affirming US policy on Internet governance, and the ICANN GAC's Beijing Communiqué on the new gTLD programme. For a better look at what I'm talking about while you listen to the video, download the slides.

Are intergovernmental organisations a stakeholder group?
By terminus - 20/5/2013 Last weekend I participated in the joint GigaNet and Graduate Institute workshop, The Global Governance of the Internet: Intergovernmentalism, Multistakeholderism and Networks. Here's what I had to say about whether intergovernmental organisations are or should be stakeholders in the multi-stakeholder system of global Internet governance; in other words, whether in a multi-stakeholder forum that addresses global Internet public policy issues, whoever that forum might happen to be convened by, are IGOs entitled to participate as stakeholders in their own right.

Multistakeholder opinions: an experiment for the IGF [draft]
By terminus - 18/5/2013 - 1 Replies At last week's World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum (WTPF), a proposed opinion was tabled by Brazil titled Operationalizing the role of Government in the multi-stakeholder framework for Internet Governance. In an earlier form discussed at the ITU's Informal Experts Group (IEG) the proposal had not reached consensus. But by 16 May, the revised and much shortened version of the proposal was tabled at the WTPF drew broader interest and support. Due to lack of time however, it was not possible to reach any conclusion on the proposed opinion.

A conversation with the technical community
By terminus - 6/5/2013 In my series of posts about Internet freedom in a world of states (beginning with this one), I tried to condense my thoughts on Internet governance reform into the simplest possible terms. But still I have had to clear up misunderstandings, and state my position even more starkly. I've been doing that on an ISOC mailing list, from which I present some key excerpts below. (This conversation is kicked off by Dave Burstein, but has been carried on between myself and Nick Ashton-Hart over the past couple of days.)Dave: One issue is that much of the world is angry they are effectively

My proposal to the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation
By terminus - 12/4/2013 My proposal to the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation I was shortlisted though not ultimately selected for the CSTD's Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation, but I intend to participate an an observer and by feeding ideas to the civil society representatives who were selected, through a new Best Bits working group.

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