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Is it wrong to create a fake identity online.

The Ethical Dimensions of the Information Society and Internet Privacy was the focus of a two day consultation held on St. Kitts from Sep 23rd to 24th.…


Added by Trevor A. Phipps on September 26, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Is all disclosure really disclosure?

A local ISP recently sent emails to their email users advising that the ISP will be migrating to the Google apps platform . As a result customers will be able to take advantage of the benefits and apps available.

In my opinion the new functionality would be great, access to my documents from anywhere, ability to collaborate online etc..However I'm concerned about what is not being said.

For example

Where will my emails be stored ?

Which government will have…


Added by Trevor A. Phipps on June 1, 2013 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Participation in policy making, whose responsibility is it ?

I recently completed  the Diplo Foundation Internet Governance Advanced course in Privacy (Aug 2012) and the Introduction to Policy Research (Nov 2012). My project proposal sought to draw attention to the quality of the stakeholder consultation process as a precursor to legislative changes. Specific focus was given to the HIPCAR project on St. Kitts-Nevis which has resulted in proposed and in some cases actual legislative changes in the interception of communications, e-commerce, …


Added by Trevor A. Phipps on April 19, 2013 at 4:53pm — 1 Comment

Taking Stock of IGF 2012 BAKU

Just a reminder to everyone especially those of us who attended the IGF in Baku To send in their suggestions /thoughts as to how the process can be improved.

My main suggestion would be to have the plenary sessions reorganised and focus on the reports from the feeder sessions first then we can have the panelists discuss/talk amongst themselves. What is the point of having feeder sessions if the points raised In the workshop sessions have to be literally rushed…


Added by Trevor A. Phipps on January 12, 2013 at 6:24pm — 1 Comment

IGF2012 - Time Travel , a look into the future

Its been one week since I left Baku and the IGF2012. I'm still surprised that it has taken me this long to catch up on work and everything else. You may ask what does time travel have to do with Baku and the IGF. For those of us who travelled from the Caribbean it certainty felt like it. 

Travel from the Caribbean to London on an eight hour flight and Move forward four hours in real time(London is four hours ahead of the Caribbean). Then another flight of eight hours to Baku and move…


Added by Trevor A. Phipps on November 18, 2012 at 2:17am — No Comments

IGF2012 Day 4 - African IGF

After a flurry of sessions over the last few days, I was looking for a session to attend on the last afternoon of the IGF.

Grace Githaiga of the African IGF invitied me to attend the African IGF Session that was being held that day.

What I experienced at that session was inspiring, challenging and reaffirming.

The reports from the panelists covered the state of the IGF process from an African context and while panelists appealed for greater involvement of other African…


Added by Trevor A. Phipps on November 10, 2012 at 10:41am — 2 Comments

IGF2012 Day 3 - Rethinking the relationship between the feeder session and main session

On the third day of IGF2012 I participated in a working session 52 on the internet of Humans as one of the rapporteurs. Working session 52 was one of the feeder sessions for the main session in the afternoon. Grace Githaiga (Kenya), Deirdre Williams (St. Lucia) and myself were the rapporteurs for working session 52. As rapporteurs we were told that it was our responsibility to distill and capture the main points of the two hour workshp and prepare  a report to be presented to the main…


Added by Trevor A. Phipps on November 9, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

IGF2012 Day 2

One of the issues I have with the IGF is that there are so many interesting workshops happening in parallel and it is physically impossible to attend all of them. Having said that, that in my view is also one of the impressive features of the IGF, the diversity of relevant issues that are being addressed simultaneously. It underscores the need for a multidisciplinary, multi dimensional approach to Internet Governance issues.

My picks for today were Internet Governance and sustainable…


Added by Trevor A. Phipps on November 8, 2012 at 3:24am — No Comments

IGF2012 Day 1

Its finally here IGF2012…

One of the first things I noted during the opening ceremony was Secretary General Hamadoun Toures’ comments on WCIT 2012 and the role of the ITU and ICANN in the future of the internet. The Secretary General declared that it is not ITU’s intention to ‘takeover’ the internet but rather work collaboratively with ICANN. He further indicated that decisions at WCIT are all taken by consensus. He also noted that the mandates of ICANN and the ITU are different but…


Added by Trevor A. Phipps on November 6, 2012 at 9:16pm — 1 Comment

Intellectual property rights vs owners rights

Supreme Court to hear arguments in case of student who resold books.

A grad school student in the US got his family to purchase books overseas, ship them to him and then sold them on eBay. He was sued for copyright infringement by the publishers as the books were labelled "not for importation to or exportation from another region" and lost the case. The appeal now goes before the supreme court. Some people argue that the ruling could threaten ones right to resell items that were…


Added by Trevor A. Phipps on October 27, 2012 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Your phone company is watching




German Green politician Malte Spitz went to court to obtain the information that his cell phone operator, Deutsche Telekom, gathered (and kept) about his activity. The results astonished him. Over the course of six months, they had tracked his…


Added by Trevor A. Phipps on October 2, 2012 at 3:39am — No Comments

The debate continues who is responsible for internet content


A regional judge in Brazil orders the arrest of Brazil Google President after the company failed to take down videos.

Google is appealing, but the argument of the internet being a space where one can express themselves "freely" continues.

Added by Trevor A. Phipps on September 26, 2012 at 2:03am — 2 Comments

Privacy and transparency

We increasingly ask our governments to be more open, provide us with data and information on what they are doing, be transparent. How does this conflict with the citizens right to privacy vs he public good?

Added by Trevor A. Phipps on June 30, 2012 at 1:09pm — 2 Comments

Privacy vs Government mandated backdoors


The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require the firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build in backdoors for government surveillance.

In meetings…


Added by Trevor A. Phipps on May 5, 2012 at 2:46am — No Comments

Privacy rights vs Jurisdiction


Microsoft serves subpoenas on Google to disrupt criminal botnet

By Ed Bott | May 4, 2012, 9:34am PDT…


Added by Trevor A. Phipps on May 5, 2012 at 2:33am — No Comments

10 Threats to the Golden Age of the Internet

This TechRepublic article all but predicts a regulated, censored taxed internet. Have we already passed the Golden Age if the Internet or are we living through it now?


Alan Norton

February 3, 2012, 6:58 AM PST

Takeaway: Have we been taking the… Continue

Added by Trevor A. Phipps on February 6, 2012 at 12:54pm — No Comments

England riots: Government mulls social media controls



Extract from BBC Article:

"The government is exploring whether to turn off social networks or stop people texting during times of social unrest.

David Cameron said the intelligence services and the police were exploring whether it was "right and possible" to cut off those plotting violence.



Added by Trevor A. Phipps on August 12, 2011 at 1:17pm — No Comments



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