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Internet Governance Forum

Rough Consensus & Ambigious Compromise in Global Digital Politics

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

The UN's ten-year review of World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) concluded successfully with the adoption of the WSIS+10 Resolution on 16 Decemb...

The Internet: An Opportunity for Sustainable Development

Kathy Brown | Posted 11.11.2015 | Technology
Kathy Brown

The greatest challenge facing the world today is the need to achieve sustainable development--development that will bring economic and social progress...

Social Media And Children's Rights In The Global Village

Larry Magid | Posted 11.09.2015 | Technology
Larry Magid

In an age where social media is, for many, the predominant form of news, expression and assembly, allowing any country or any government agencies within a country to ban it is a violation of children's rights.

Good News from Digital Africa

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 09.23.2015 | Good News
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

These days, no news is definitely good news. At the moment, Africa is off the global media radar, with cameras focussed on Europe and the Middle East. But out of the media focus, some really good news has been gradually developing.

Internet Governence Forum Attendees Complain About Censorship in Turkey While Some Advocate It for Youth

Larry Magid | Posted 11.05.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

You don't have to live in Turkey, Russia, China or Iran to be affected by censorship. Young people in every country -- including the United States, the United Kingdom and throughout Europe -- face it every day.

The United States Must Lead in Upholding Net Neutrality

Freedom House | Posted 10.15.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

While innovation has flourished under the free-market system, this does not mean that regulation and innovation are mutually exclusive.

Toward a Positive Cyber Peace

Scott J. Shackelford | Posted 08.23.2014 | Technology
Scott J. Shackelford

Defining and fostering cyber peace is no easy feat; in fact, it has been said that "achieving and maintaining cyber-peace can be as demanding as starting a cyberwar."

Internet Governance Forum Tackles Child Protection vs. Child Rights

Larry Magid | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

My personal approach to child safety is to start by assuming that "the kids are all right" and -- as a default -- treat children and teens respectfully by providing them with the tools and information they need to protect themselves and respect others.

US Power and the Not-So-Democratic Global Internet

Eduardo Bertoni | Posted 11.13.2013 | Technology
Eduardo Bertoni

We are left with a paradox: Either we accept some kind of "balkanization" of policy -- wherein every society has the capacity to influence code through its own policies -- or we accept that the only way to move forward is through decisions made by international agreements.

Dealing With Spam and Cyberattacks: Control vs. Openness

Larry Magid | Posted 04.02.2013 | Technology
Larry Magid

It's a scary thought and a reminder of how this "global village" we live in is so interconnected that we can no longer afford to ignore problems that affect "other people," because they can affect us, too.

Internet Governance Forum in Azerbaijan to Discuss Global Policy

Larry Magid | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

The IGF is a United Nations forum to discuss a wide variety of issues regarding Internet governance. Unlike many U.N. forums, IGF is attended not just by government officials but also by corporations, non-profit groups and scholars interested in how to handle content management on the global Internet.

Steve Job, Resting More in Peace as Internet Assault Thwarted

Ken Adelman | Posted 12.11.2011 | Technology
Ken Adelman

After six years of success, the Internet Governance Forum has come under assault by the authoritarian Chinese government and the international-regulation crowd in the UN bureaucracy.

Governance, Internet and Free Speech

Jean-François Julliard | Posted 11.29.2011 | Technology
Jean-François Julliard

One workshop is dedicated to defining the fundamental values that inform Internet policy-makers and Internet governance arrangements. Here are some tips from Reporters Without Borders on what should be underscored, and why it matters.

UN Takes on Child Porn, Cybercrime and Other Global Issues

Larry Magid | Posted 11.27.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

There is a role for greater international cooperation for the Inernet because -- unlike physical objects -- data can travel between countries in the blink of an eye and typically without detection.

Internet Governance Forum Tackles Online Privacy

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

Instead of a website having a long privacy policy that no one reads, the site should present users with privacy information at each point when they are about to take action that could reveal information.