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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.

ISOC stacking the deck?
By terminus - 17/3/2013 First off, I'm a long-time Internet Society (ISOC) member and former chapter director (some of the publications to the side are ones that I wrote for ISOC-AU), and I would like nothing better than for ISOC to continue to play a significant role in Internet governance, with the areas of its competence. However I happen to believe that others with different competencies also ought also to have a significant role, and that seems to be my main area of difference with ISOC's current management, who would rather that ISOC was in the driving seat.

The evolution of Internet governance: Internet freedom in a world of states, part 2
By terminus - 18/2/2013 There is a real opportunity here to influence the evolution of existing Internet governance arrangements in a way that would kill two birds with one stone:

A civil society agenda for Internet governance in 2013: Internet freedom in a world of states, part 3
By terminus - 18/2/2013 Our starting point in developing such a proposal should be to make global Internet governance processes more democratic. In principle, democracy is very straight-forward: it simply requires an accountable and transparent process by which those who will be affected by a decision have an equal say in how that decision is made, provided that the decision also respects the fundamental human rights of all.

Three false assumptions: Internet freedom in a world of states, part 1
By terminus - 18/2/2013 In the wake of last year's defeat of the controversial ACTA treaty in Europe and of the SOPA and PIPA bills in the United States, both of which called on intermediaries to police consumers' use of the Internet, digital rights activists in the West have naturally gained a heightened sensitivity to their governments intruding on Internet freedoms.

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