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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 54

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: The United Nations Third Committee of the General Assembly adopted a resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age, brought to the UN by Brazil and Germany; The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe has released an Issue Paper on The rule of law on the Internet and in the wider digital world, with important conclusions and recommendations.

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 53

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: The ICANN Cross Community Working Group (CWG) on Naming Functions has published its draft proposal for the IANA Stewardship Transition. Public comment is open from December 1 – 22, 2014; A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Congress titled the “Defending Internet Freedom Act of 2014“; The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has released the Measuring the Information Society Report, which “features key ICT data and benchmarking tools to measure the information society.”

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 52

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: The Internet Society (ISOC) Board this week expressed concern regarding the recently launched NETmundial Initiative, especially with regards to the principles of its founding and its role in the larger decentralized Internet governance ecosystem; China this week held its first global Internet conference – the World Internet Conference – in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, spawning much commentary that China intends to promote its own domestic Internet rules as a model for global Internet governance; The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) this week held a cyber defence exercise involving 400 experts who aimed to “test the ability of the participating nations to coordinate a defence against a series of targeted cyber incidents involving a NATO mission network”.

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 51

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference concluded last week. No major resolutions were passed that would give the ITU a greater role in regulating the non-technical aspects of the Internet. Significantly, an amended resolution “will increase the ITU’s involvement in the Internet’s global development and the transition of Internet governance toward participation by all stakeholders”; President Obama this week made an official announcement regarding net neutrality, urging the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create new rules for a “free and open Internet”, including: “no blocking”, “no throttling”, “increased transparency”, and “no paid prioritization”; The NETmundial Initiative has released its first blog post describing ways to join the discussion and get involved in available opportunities.

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 50

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: ICANN, the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br), and the World Economic Forum (WEF) have launched the NETmundial Initiative, whose purpose is to “provide an open, generative, and collaborative space, inviting permission-less innovation to build and deliver distributed Internet governance enablers and solutions”.

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“Business Models for Open Government Data” Receives ICEGOV 2014 Best Research Paper Award

On October 30, 2014, lead researcher, Gustavo Magalhaes and co-author Laura Manley presented their research paper “Business Models for Open Government Data” at the 8th Annual International Conferences on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) in Guimarães, Portugal. This year, the conference focused on the Rise of Data Post-2015: Empowered Citizens, Accountable Institutions. The […]

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 49

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Meeting is ongoing in Busan, South Korea. Countries are now negotiating specific resolutions, for example around cybersecurity, the transition from IPv4 to IPv6, and the institutional mandate of the ITU; The Hungarian government recently proposed the taxation of Internet access, drawing tens of thousands of protestors in Hungary.

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 48

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is currently holding its Plenipotentiary Meeting in Busan, South Korea. See the live webcast here. The ITU meeting will be held from October 20 – November 7; topics of significance include ITU’s role in Internet governance and cybersecurity, ITU’s constitution and transparency, and the selection of a new Secretary-General for the ITU.

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 47

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker made opening remarks at the Opening Ceremony of ICANN’s 51st meeting in Los Angeles this week, highlighting the importance of current Internet governance discussions to the U.S. government; The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is holding its Plenipotentiary Meeting in Busan, South Korea, next week. The meeting will discuss issues that may significantly impact the Internet, as well as the way organizations coordinate the governance of the Internet.

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