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Challenges For The Internet In The Post-Brexit Era

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 06.30.2016 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Brexit has been viewed by some commentators as a protest vote against the globalisation paradigm. As the Internet is the technological basis for global integration, and the medium through which billions of people experience globalisation, Brexit should make us think more seriously about the future of the Internet.

Why WSIS+10 Matters to the Future of the Internet

Charles H. Rivkin | Posted 12.23.2015 | World
Charles H. Rivkin

As more and more people use and rely on the Internet around the globe, one of the key questions is how it should be governed - and who should set the ...

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...

Ten Points on Science (and) Diplomacy

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 11.04.2015 | Science
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Before you move to the ten points summarising the notes and illustrations from my keynote address, you can put our deliberation on science and diplomacy into the historical context visualized by Holbein's painting 'The Ambassadors.'

Security Is Cyber, Development Is Digital

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 10.14.2015 | Technology
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

E-, virtual, online, and net are gradually disappearing: This is the conclusion reached by the prefix monitoring of ongoing UN-based negotiations on global digital policy (negotiations on the 10-year review of WSIS, the World Summit on the Information Society).

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.

Who Will Govern the Internet Is the Key Global Issue Today

Carl Bildt | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
Carl Bildt

STOCKHOLM -- The Internet has already become the most important infrastructure of the world. And that's just the beginning. Soon it will also be the infrastructure of all of our other infrastructures. So far, the governance of the net has been a biosphere of informal and formal institutions with multiple stakeholders having a say, but none having a dominating influence. But the dynamics of its development would not have been possible without the strong role of the tech community.

How We Connect: Mobile Is Shifting The Internet Dynamic

Kathy Brown | Posted 07.08.2016 | Technology
Kathy Brown

If the next billion are coming online as a result of mobile, then it is incumbent upon us to make sure that the technology does not limit them in any way.

Bridging Policy Silos in Digital Field

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 06.09.2016 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

The omnipresence of the Internet in modern society makes most digital policy issues transversal. Yet, a transversal approach is more an exception than a rule in digital policy, on both national and international level.

Different Prefixes, Same Meaning: Cyber, Digital, Net, Online, E-, Virtual

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

This week, the Global Cyberspace Conference takes place in The Hague (16-17 April). In March, UNESCO hosted a conference on Connecting the Dots in Digital Space. The NETmundial Initiative had a meeting in Stanford recently.

Cyberpolitics in 3 triangles: How to avoid a digital Bermuda Triangle

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Most data is stored by states and businesses. The question of data tracking and reporting by states and business is a current focus of digital policy discussions.

A Digital Magna Carta Between Two Doors

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 06.01.2015 | DC
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Any social contract, including a digital one, should include checks and balances from society, and include some control of the reigning powers, whatever form they currently take.

Connecting the Dots in Digital Politics

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 05.02.2015 | Technology
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

In the coming months, we can expect more curves, as we watch the lines connecting problems and solutions for net neutrality.

In the Internet We Trust: Is There a Need for an Internet Social Contract?

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Rationally speaking, there is a possibility of reaching a compromise around a new social contract for a trusted Internet. We should be cautiously optimistic, since politics (especially global politics), like trust (and global trust), are not necessarily rational.

Should You Have The Right To Be Forgotten On Google? Nationally, Yes. Globally, No.

Luciano Floridi | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Luciano Floridi

The day after some worldwide delinking starts being implemented, nothing will stop undemocratic and illiberal places from hosting a search engine that provides links to all information anyway. It would be ironic if we were to find information using a search engine based in North Korea because it were more complete than the local ones.

Google News Leaves Spain: a Story of Corruption and Ignorance

Enrique Dans | Posted 02.14.2015 | World
Enrique Dans

This has once again highlighted the corruption that has come to characterize this country, whereby just about anybody with the money can dictate their terms to the government, where newspapers will sell their editorial line in return for government cash and where the government has no idea about what the Internet really is and doesn't care anyway.

If ICANN Doesn't Keep Registrars Honest, Who Will?

John Horton | Posted 11.05.2014 | Technology
John Horton

Last week, The Wall Street Journal detailed the challenges that drug safety authorities like the FDA face when tackling the illegal and unsafe distrib...

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."

For More Internet, and More Democracy, Forget NetMundial and ICANN

Jean-Christophe Nothias | Posted 06.22.2014 | Technology
Jean-Christophe Nothias

As the Netmundial conference on the future of Internet governance starts, rather than asking "What can we expect from it?", we might ask instead whether this future might be more promisingly reformed by political, technical and architectural innovations than by a preach to a so-called multistakeholder choir convened in Sao Paulo.

No, Russia Isn't About To Take Over Your Internet: Protecting Internet Freedom From Both Simplistic Defenders, Internet Restricting Countries

Edward J. Black | Posted 06.03.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Let there be no mistake: the future and openness of the Internet is of paramount importance. Unfortunately, recent headlines could easily lead someon...

Sacrificing the ICANN Will Not Be Enough for the US to Restore Its Internet Ethics

Jean-Christophe Nothias | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Jean-Christophe Nothias

Giving away the ICANN might please a few; the Swiss, the Brazilians, and the usual faithful digital US allies such as the Swedish and British, but what's about the Germans, the French and other Europeans, not to mention the Africans and Asians. As the single market for Telecom in Europe is at stake these days, the Europeans might have a serious talk.

Marco Civil: Brazil's Push to Govern the Internet

T.A. Ridout | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
T.A. Ridout

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is staking out a leadership role for Brazil on the contentious issue of Internet governance. She has prioritized certain legislation amid revelations of widespread electronic espionage by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

And Now the Second Battle of the Internet

Jean-Christophe Nothias | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Jean-Christophe Nothias

The worldwide digital space is in danger. We, the citizens of the world, are equally in danger. We need a better and more truly democratic multistakeholder model and we want governments to be bounded by treaties to obey international law when most needed.

The Coming Age of Internet Sovereignty?

Scott J. Shackelford | Posted 03.12.2013 | Technology
Scott J. Shackelford

In few places on Earth is censorship undertaken more vigorously than it is in the People's Republic of China. But what does such censorship mean for the rest of the world's Internet users?