Rezultat al Summitului Global pentru Societate Informaţională (2003-2005), Internet Governance Forum se află acum la final de mandat, sau, mai bine spus, la finalul primului mandat, dacă luăm în considerare faptul că tot mai mulţi actori par siguri de faptul că ONU va decide ca IGF să îşi continue activitatea pentru încă cinci ani (s-a stabilit deja o locaţie pentru IGF 2011 - Nairobi, Kenia). Odată cu această a cincea ediţie, forumul a revenit în Europa: după ce primul IGF, în 2006, s-a… Continue
Added by Sorina Teleanu on September 17, 2010 at 7:05pm —
I have also attended today the final plenary session on taking stock from the IGF and trying to identify the way forward.
Several questions were raised: Are the main themes of 2005 still relevant for Internet Governance? Are the new themes related to the evolution of Internet overlooked in IG debate? What are the changes happening from 2005 to now? Has IG globally advanced over the last five years?
The debate was open for all… Continue
Added by Sorina Teleanu on September 17, 2010 at 4:33pm —
One interesting workshop I attended today dealt with the issue of core Internet values and the principles of Internet Governance across generations. It brought together both young people, rather new to the Internet governance debate, and people that have taken part in the IG debates from the very beginning and/or are familiar with and to these debates.
The workshop addressed several basic questions: what makes the Internet what it is, what are values of Internet? Are these… Continue
Added by Sorina Teleanu on September 17, 2010 at 3:47pm —
I started the last day of IGF 2010 with a workshop on principles of Internet Governance dimension of open knowledge environment in bridging the digital divide.
The main idea of the workshop was that the access to knowledge is a very importat issue for developing countries, as it could act as an accelerator of innovation and also contribute to the bridging of the digital divide.
One interesting concept was defined during the workshop:… Continue
Added by Sorina Teleanu on September 17, 2010 at 3:32pm —
My third workshop for the day dealt with Internet intermediaries and the discussion was centered around the idea of Internet intermediaries liability.
As the notion of Internet intermediaries is not always clear, the moderator of the workshop enumerated, in the opening speech, the various actors that are included in this category: ISPs, web hosting, data processing and content providers, Internet search engine portals, e-commerce intermediaries, payment… Continue
Added by Sorina Teleanu on September 17, 2010 at 7:45am —
The second workshop I attended today was dedicated to the international summer schools on Internet Governnace (ISSIGs).
Wolfgang Kleinwachter, Avri Doria, William Drake, Olga Cavali, Bertrand de la Chapelle, in their quality of initiators of and faculty members for the ISSIGs, presented to the participants the ideas and the efforts behind these summer schools, as well as their motivation for going on with this project and expanding it to now cover… Continue
Added by Sorina Teleanu on September 17, 2010 at 7:33am —
At the end of the day, I attended the Dynamic Coalition on Internet Core Values.
The workshop started with a debate on the role and responsibilities of dynamic coalitions. Markus Kummer presented the idea of dynamic coalitions, saying that it emerged out of the discussion held at the beginning of the IGF on whether the forum should become a structured organization or remain a forum of discussion and dialogue. Those in favour of the second idea suggested that… Continue
Added by Sorina Teleanu on September 17, 2010 at 7:30am —
I started my third day at the IGF with a workshop on cloud computing and security problems in cloud computing applications.
The debate started with an overall presentation of what cloud computing is and how it works. The definition given was that cloud computing means moving a computing… Continue
Added by Sorina Teleanu on September 17, 2010 at 7:27am —
Probably the most expected workshop of the day was the one on network neutrality. I attended it also, and, though I must admit that, at some points, the discussion was a bit too technical for me, here are few things that particularly drew my attention.
In the beginning, it was outlined that there are many views on this single concept, and that the “core” principles somehow agreed upon with relation to the concept are transparency and… Continue
Added by Sorina Teleanu on September 16, 2010 at 1:17pm —
The second workshop I attended dealt with the protection of online consumers and the discussion was focused on the challenges for keeping the users safe online.
What I particularly enjoyed about this workshop was the very strong and well defined position of an UK MP. Here’s one illustrative quote: “Legislation does not always work. Law rarely prevents what it prohibits.” When addressing the issue of whose job is it to protect users, he outlined the fact that… Continue
Added by Sorina Teleanu on September 16, 2010 at 1:12pm —
The last workshop I attended today was about EuroDIG. The discussions were centered both around the past and the future of this European IGF.
One common element that was mentioned by almost all speakers was the fact that EuroDIG started as a bottom-up process, from the need to do something about Internet Governance at European level. It was mentioned that this might be viewed as the major advantage of the EuroDIG, as if the process had been initiated by an EU… Continue
Added by Sorina Teleanu on September 15, 2010 at 10:30pm —
My second day at the IGF 2010 started with a workshop on cybersecurity. The first speaker was Vint Cerf, who underlined the fact that cybersecurity is dived into two dimensions (on one hand, very targeted attacks, and, on the other hand, general problems like botnets, DoS and spam) and that these two dimensions must be kept and dealt with separately, as they require different types of responses. He also pointed out that when we talk about cybersecurity, we talk either about the core… Continue
Added by Sorina Teleanu on September 15, 2010 at 10:26pm —
The second workshop I attended was on critical resources. The debates were mainly focused on threats to the security and stability of the Internet and on the roles and responsibilities various players should have in preventing possible attacks and limiting the threats.
In her opening speech, Neelie Kroes, the EU Commissioner for Digital Agenda said that, while the Internet has proven to be remarkably robust and resilient, stability threats need to be addressed.… Continue
Added by Sorina Teleanu on September 15, 2010 at 10:24pm —
I attended today two wokshops that dealt with some more or less technical aspects of the Internet.
The first one was on gTLDs and IDNs. In the context of ICANN launching of new gTLDs (discussions are still held inside ICANN on a draft version of the Applicant Guidebook, known as DAG 4) and IDNs (IDNs already launched for Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirats, Russia, China, Taiwan), the aim of this workshop was to discuss the impact of these processes on… Continue
Added by Sorina Teleanu on September 15, 2010 at 7:30am —