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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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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 59

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: UNESCO launched a new series of publications on Internet freedom. “Fostering Freedom Online: the Role of Internet Intermediaries” is the first issue in this series, in a joint initiative with the Open Society Foundations, the Internet Society, and the Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. The study examines “this recent historical phenomenon and how it impacts on freedom of expression and associated fundamental rights such as privacy”;
U.S. President Barack Obama gave his annual State of the Union speech, in which he laid out his plan to increase access to high-speed broadband. The President’s address also reiterated his commitment to a free and open Internet, and announced new proposals to “better meet the evolving threat of cyberattacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information.”

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 58

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: Following the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, multiple European Union member states are considering introducing new information-collection and reporting policies. Notably, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed denying terrorists a “safe space” to communicate by cracking down on encrypted communications; U.S. President Barack Obama made a series of cyber-related announcements this week (leading up to the State of the Union speech on January 20), including revisions to the 2011 Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal, a new Consumer Bill of Rights, a Student Digital Privacy Act, and revisions to broadband competition policies in the form of “community-based broadband solutions”; The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University have released “Multistakeholder as Governance Groups: Observations from Case Studies”.

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 57

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: With regards to the IANA functions stewardship transition, the IANA Coordination Group (ICG) requires that a final proposal be received by mid-January. Commentators are increasingly of the opinion that this leaves too little time to complete a September 2015 transition, especially because progress on the ICANN accountability process (on whose outputs the IANA transition depends) is expected to take longer.

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 56

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.

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 55

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.

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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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