Internet Governance SCAN

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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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 68

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN:
The annual RightsCon conference was held on March 24th-25th in Manila in the Philippines, and brought together people from over 50 countries who were “committed to extending the digital rights of users around the world, and fighting for the open internet”;
The Indian Supreme Court struck down a law that criminalized several forms of online expression in a “defining moment for freedom of expression for the country.”

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 67

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN:

The French Interior Ministry blocked five websites deemed to promote terrorism, sparking concerns about freedom of expression;
Reuters is the most recent website to be blocked in China. Great Fire, a website that monitors blocked websites in China was also under fire from a strong DDOS attack this week. Many suspect the attack was initiated by the government;
The Global Commission on Internet Governance released a report that describes digital intelligence and promotes international norms in this area.

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 65

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN:
The White House released a 24-page draft of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015 outlining “the steps companies need to take to tell people what data they’re collecting and what they’re doing with that information”;
A Brazilian appeals court judge reversed an earlier decision to suspend WhatsApp in the country in response to the company’s unwillingness to comply with investigations into content that involved children and teenagers. The original decision was justified using the Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet called Marco Civil;
UNESCO released a draft study at the international multistakeholder conference CONNECTing the Dots this week. The study “presents a compilation of current trends, views and positions in current debates on the Internet related issues within the mandate of UNESCO.”

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 64

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: On Thursday, the FCC voted to regulate the Internet as a public utility under Title II. The decision follows a yearlong debate and public comment period about the best rules to ensure an Open Internet;
Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, called for a unified European data-protection law to counter the practice of major US Internet companies using legal loopholes to gather and sell personal data.
; the Senate held a hearing on the IANA transition called “Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance”; several tech companies have also added their support to the IANA transition.

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 63

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN:
The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society have released a new paper, Governance of Online Intermediaries: Observations from a Series of National Case Studies, that examines online intermediary liability through the use of case studies covering issues and frameworks in Brazil, the European Union, India, South Korea, the United States, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam;
Lenovo has come under fire for shipping Windows computers preloaded with hidden adware dubbed Superfish, which exposed Lenovo users to man-in-the-middle attacks;
AT&T has rolled out high speed fiber-to-home Internet service in Kansas City for $70 a month; however, customers will have to pay an additional $29 per month to opt out of AT&T using their data for advertising. The articles AT&T charges $29 for privacy. Time for others to do the same and Don’t let AT&T mislead you about its $29 “privacy fee” provide two viewpoints on this controversial move by AT&T.

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 62

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: ICANN’s 52nd Public Meeting took place this week in Singapore; you can read more details on the sessions and archival recordings here; Several companies including Symantec, Intel Security and Fortinet as well as Sony and Microsoft’s video game divisions have agreed to share customer data with the US Government for purposes of national security; A recent report on Internet freedom in Russia found that “the number of cases where citizens’ Internet freedom was limited in the country increased 1.5-fold in 2014.” Russia’s lower house of Parliament has also proposed further restrictions; according to Russian MP Leonid Levin,“access to anonymization and circumvention tools such as TOR, VPNs and even web proxies, needs to be restricted.”

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 61

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: In preparation for ICANN 52 which will be held in Singapore from February 08-12, information has been released on the agenda and sessions, including the schedule for the Global Domains Division (GDD) Sessions, also see notes from the pre-ICANN 52 Policy Update Webinar; Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, put forth his stance on net neutrality, proposing that the FCC ““use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open Internet protections.”

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 60

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: On Tuesday, the US Federal Communications Commission made a significant revision to its definition of broadband, changing the standard to downloads of 25 megabits a second and uploads of 3 megabits a second from earlier speeds of 4 Mbps downloads and 1 Mbps uploads; Civil society organizations from around the world launched the Internet Social Forum (ISF), a group with a mission to create a “participatory bottom-up space for all those who believe that the global Internet must evolve in the public interest.” The group began as a response to the World Economic Forum’s Net Mundial Initiative;
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to make a decision on net neutrality in the near future, and in The One Loophole to Rule Them All, Marvin Ammori warns that telecommunications companies will lobby to put a loophole in the FCC’s rule. Also, in Before Net Neutrality: The Surprising 1940s Battle for Radio Freedom, Annenberg Professor Victor Pickard opines that “how this debate plays out may determine whether we follow the path of broadcasting or begin to create a media system worthy of its democratic promise.”

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