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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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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 46

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: ICANN’s 51st meeting will begin next week in Los Angeles, California. Topics of particular significance include the IANA Stewardship Transition, and the Enhancing ICANN Accountability Process; U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has argued that increased encryption can make it harder for law enforcement to collect evidence; The European Union may soon have two new digital commissioners – Andrus Ansip and Günther Oettinger – replacing Neelie Kroes, whose term as EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda is ending.

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New Study: The Open Data 100 Mexico

Open government data is free, public data available to all. It’s a resource with great potential economic and social value. At the GovLab, we’ve been studying the ways that businesses and organizations are using data as a driver for innovation. Our Open Data 500 study now profiles more than 500 US based companies that build […]

New Data for a New Energy Future

(This post originally appeared on the blog of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.) Two growing concerns—climate change and U.S. energy self-sufficiency—have accelerated the search for affordable, sustainable approaches to energy production and use. In this area, as in many others, data-driven innovation is a key to progress. Data scientists are working to help improve […]