Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: The GovLab has released a new research paper, “Innovations in Global Governance: Toward a Distributed Governance Ecosystem”, focusing on enabling a global and distributed Internet governance ecosystem. The paper is part of a series under the Global Commission for Internet Governance (GCIG); The NETmundial Initiative has announced the formation of its inaugural Coordination Council, with 20 members; Following the widely-publicized hacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment and subsequent attempts to identify the hackers responsible, cybersecurity is set to be one of the most important issues in Internet governance for 2015; January 15 is the target deadline for the IANA functions’ three operational communities (names, numbers, and protocol parameters) to respond to the ICG Request for Transition Proposals.
Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: Last week, the United States House of Representatives approved the “2015 Consolidated Appropriations Package”, funding the U.S. government through 2015. Section 520 of the $1.1 trillion spending bill specifically prohibits the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) from spending any funds on the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions stewardship transition; The Pew Research Center has released its latest report, “The Future of Privacy”; According to the United States government, Sony Pictures’ computers were hacked this week by North Korea, apparently in response to the release of “The Interview”, a Hollywood movie that depicts the assassination of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
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.
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.”
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”.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.