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NETmundial 2014 submission on evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem
By terminus - 7/3/2014 This submission takes as its starting point the submission from participants of the Best Bits network on “Roadmap for the Further Evolution of the Internet Governance Ecosystem – institutional mechanisms”, which I participated in drafting and generally agree with (“the Best Bits submission”).

The love-hate relationship between the Internet technical community and civil society
By terminus - 27/2/2014 I'm Australian, but I've been living in Malaysia for almost six years. One thing that you may not know about Malaysia is that they have an active stand-up comedy scene here. One of the staples of the scene is that the Chinese, Indian and Malay comedians will all make fun not only of their own race – which is something they could do in Australia too – but also of the other races, using some pretty offensive stereotypes, that I'm not going to repeat here!

Tectonic shift at ISOC: embracing outputs from the IGF
By terminus - 12/2/2014 As readers of this website since 2006 will know well, one of the most staunch opponents of the IGF developing the capacity to produce non-binding policy outputs has been ISOC. Until now.

1net and the myth of technological neutrality
By terminus - 18/12/2013 The coalition of non-governmental stakeholders that was initiated by the technical community at the Bali IGF meeting, and that I described in this post, subsequently gained a name and a website: 1net.

My views and short report - UN Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation
By cafonso - 12/11/2013 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 - 26/10/2013 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 - 7/10/2013 - 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 - 4/9/2013 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.

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