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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 76

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN:
ICANN officials announced that CEO Fadi Chehade will be leaving the organization in March 2016 prior to the IANA transition;
Pew Research Center released a new report on Americans’ privacy perceptions and behaviors; key findings include that 93% of Americans say it’s important to be in control of who can get information about them;
European Union ambassadors indicated that they will implement stiffer fines against companies that violate Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ law, giving data protection authorities more effective enforcement measures.

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Event Today: Internet Governance and Citizen Engagement – Why think of them together?

Today at 4:30 pm, GovLab Founder and Director Beth Noveck will lead a discussion about how citizen engagement can lead to more effective and legitimate Internet governance. Professor Noveck will be joined by Ronald Lemos, Director of the Institute for Technology and Society. The event will take place at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in […]

The GovLab SCAN – Issue 73

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN:

The Burundi government blocked messaging services WhatsApp and Viber in response to anti-government presentations;
The Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic ruled that mass surveillance of its citizens is unconstitutional;
An updated law tackling online piracy came into effect on May 1st in Russia, giving authorities the power to tell Internet companies to take down sites accused of harboring pirated content without a court order.

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Americans’ Views on Open Government Data

Majorities hope that more transparency and data sharing by government will help journalists cover government and make officials more accountable, but very few think that government agencies are doing a great job of providing useful data, according to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Open Patent Data: A Report on the Roundtable with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

On December 8, 2014, representatives from companies, nonprofits, and academic institutions convened with USPTO staff and leadership for a dialogue facilitated by the GovLab on data issues and potential solutions. A summary of that meeting, prepared by a GovLab Team headed by Joel Gurin in a “Report of Findings from an Open Data Roundtable with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office” has now been released.

Piotr Szpunar: The Problem of Internet Radicalization?

Piotr Szpunar, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, shared his ongoing research on the topic of Internet radicalization during a GovLab Ideas Lunch in March . The issues addressed during the talk relate to the GovLab’s broader work on Internet governance and identifying strategies for a more effective Internet governance […]

The GovLab SCAN – Issue 69

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN:
The Inaugural Coordination Council meeting of the NETmundial Initiative was held on March 31. The group “released a draft Terms of Reference (ToR) document for a public comment period from April 1- May 1, 2015”, and reviewed project proposals submitted on the platform to date;
A report released by a Belgian data protection agency this week detailed how “Facebook tracks the web browsing of everyone who visits a page on its site even if the user does not have an account or has explicitly opted out of tracking in the EU”, seemingly in violation of EU privacy law

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NETmundial Solutions Map Released for Public Comment

Today, in the wake of the NETmundial Initiative Council working meeting (Stanford Communique) , the GovLab is pleased to announce the beta release of the NETmundial Solutions Map for further public comment (from April 1 -May 1, 2015). The release is the culmination of a 6-month engagement and development strategy to ensure that the tool […]