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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.

The "UN takeover of the Internet" meme
By terminus - 27/12/2012 Excerpted from Digital News Asia...

After this week's UN resolution, what next for the future of Internet governance?
By terminus - 15/12/2012 This week an important resolution for the future of online communications came before a United Nations body. Hotly contested and politicised, the fate of the resolution remained on a knife-edge until the last minute. Now that it's all over, the reverberations from this diplomatic battle may affect the future of the Internet for many years to come.

Back from the grave, the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation
By terminus - 8/11/2012 So the big news from the Baku IGF is that the United States will, after all, be supporting the creation of a CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation, as the quid pro quo for India and Brazil dropping their wacky proposals to the ITU's WCIT for the revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs). (Well OK, that last part is just scuttlebutt rather than news, but it is doubtless true - it explains, for one thing, how puzzlingly bad India's proposal to WCIT was: it was all just a gambit after all.) Politics, eh?

Smooth talk at the civil society bilaterals
By terminus - 6/11/2012 I feel uneasy when governments start sounding reasonable. The thing is, I want to believe them - and sometimes I do - only to be proved wrong, when their actions don't live up to their words.

Freedom of expression at the IGF dies a little more with censorship of anti-censorship postcards
By terminus - 6/11/2012 Freedom of expression at the IGF dies a little more with censorship of anti-censorship postcards Today was another dark day for freedom of expression at the IGF, with the heavy-handed intervention of a UN officer to remove postcards with an anti-censorship message. Indonesian civil society organisation ICT Watch was asked to cease distributing the postcards them on the basis that they might upset certain governments, and that any materials distributed at the IGF must be approved by the UN or the IGF committee.

A pick of the litter of workshops for IGF 2012
By terminus - 29/10/2012 Without any attempt at being exhaustive, here is a chronological listing of some interesting (for me) IGF sessions that you may have missed, mostly around intellectual property, freedom of expression and multi-stakeholderism:

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