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October 2014 Blog Posts (18)

Applications extended and scholarships available: 2015 Master in Diplomacy with IG specialisation

DiploFoundation is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Master's programme in Contemporary Diplomacy, with a specialisation in Internet governance.

This specialised programme, offered by DiploFoundation and the University of Malta, gives current and future Internet policymakers a solid foundation in diplomatic skills and techniques, necessary to engage effectively in international and global policy processes. Graduates of Diplo's Internet governance courses hold key…


Added by Diplo IGCBP on October 30, 2014 at 11:36am — No Comments

Q3 2014 State of the Internet – Security Report

The Akamai's State of the Internet Security Report for 3rd Quarter, 2014 is out. Information on akamai's website detailed statistics about Internet and network security DDoS trends for the quarter in the under-listed areas:

  • Analysis of DDoS attack trends
  • Bandwidth (Gbps) and volume (Mpps) statistics
  • Year-over-year and quarter-by-quarter analysis
  • Application layer attacks
  • Infrastructure attacks
  • Attack frequency, size and…

Added by Yahaya Gobir on October 29, 2014 at 3:32pm — No Comments

[Webinar] Evidence and measurement in IG: What sort of data and numbers are we talking about?

Although the Internet is an engineering artefact, we have very little data relevant for Internet Governance (IG). In cybersecurity, for example, we are still in doubt about the number of threats and the size of the losses incurred. The same applies in other IG fields. Without understanding the scope of the problem, it is difficult to discuss possible…


Added by Diplo IGCBP on October 27, 2014 at 7:27pm — No Comments

CSCG MAG endorsement results

The Civil Society Coordination Group (CSCG) has announced the names of the CS nominees who are being endorsed by the CSCG, and sent to the IGF Secretariat as candidates for the 2015 MAG. We thank everyone who participated in the selection process: first, those who offered their names for consideration, then those involved in the discussions, encouragement and endorsement processes around the world. You can read more about Diplo's MAG member endorsement process…


Added by Stephanie on October 22, 2014 at 5:21pm — 1 Comment

L’aspect « liberté de presse » dans la gouvernance de l’Internet

Dans le vaste champ des droits de l’homme, la liberté d’expression et sa composante fondamentale qu’est la liberté de presse s’impliquent nécessairement dans la gouvernance de l’Internet.

Au cours de la 9è réunion du FGI à Istanbul (Turquie), l’ONG Comité pour la Protection des Journalistes (CPJ) a proposé une table ronde pour explorer le rôle des différents acteurs (sociétés de technologies, gouvernement, milieux universitaires, journalistes et organisations de médias), dans la…


Added by Virgile Ahissou on October 16, 2014 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Who are the stakeholders?

Grace posted some interesting ideas on Multistakeholderism yesterday, on which I've just commented.

On Friday last week I read the article referred to below on the BBC website. I noticed what appeared to be an important omission if we're considering "stakeholders" and reaching a sound decision based on discussion which includes all available perspectives. I would be interested to hear what other people think.

On 10th August on the BBC website I found…


Added by Deirdre Williams on October 15, 2014 at 4:53pm — No Comments

Developing Trust in Multistakeholderism

Multistakeholderism (MS) and what it constitutes continues to be a topic of interest in many internet governance discussions and gatherings.


In the recently concluded IGF 2014 in Istanbul, I was one of the panelists in the session Developing meaningful multistakeholder participation mechanism http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/igf-2014/schedule-igf2014


Prior to speaking in…


Added by Grace Githaiga on October 14, 2014 at 2:41pm — 1 Comment

Lack of transparency of the Internet infrastructure can lead to investment inefficiencies

While network operators are fierce competitors, the nature of the Internet dictates that they must also co-operate, and there is a need for technical co-ordination to ensure efficient inter-networking. Several participants within IG circle stressed that the lack of information in the public domain in the telecommunication and Internet sectors led to large inefficiencies in these markets during the “Internet bubble”. For example, in the late 1990s, network operators invested…


Added by Wisdom Kwasi Donkor on October 10, 2014 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Socio-cultural Factors

Socio-cultural factors are influences derived from the customs, traditions, perceptions and beliefs of an individual’s culture and can be a key determinant in whether or not a person even agrees to seek care and use the devices. To increase the usability of a design, a device should fit seamlessly into societal norms by not resembling anything with a negative social connotation, not disrupting gender roles and…


Added by Wisdom Kwasi Donkor on October 9, 2014 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Social/Economic Factors Shaping the Future of the Internet

Today’s Internet is the sum of all the Public and Private investment, activities, decisions, inventions and creativity of billion users, over 23000 autonomous systems, and countless creators and innovators.

In a relatively short time, the Internet has become a fundamental infrastructure for our economies and societies and, as a result, raises increasingly important policy issues across a broad range of economic and social dimensions. Three main trends are increasingly influencing the…


Added by Wisdom Kwasi Donkor on October 9, 2014 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Growth of Mobile Internet, if well regulated, presents numerous opportunities for Africa's economic growth

Growth of Mobile Internet in Africa calls for a supportive regulatory and policy framework.

The sustained growth of mobile telephony and increased penetration of smart devices is the future of Africa's e-economy.It is expected to play a critical role in Africa’s sociology-economic prosperity. According to The GSMA’s…


Added by Robert Andrew on October 5, 2014 at 3:50pm — 2 Comments

The Need to Enhance Internet Access and Use for Challenged People

Did you know the 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul ,Turkey, held between 2-5 September 2014, under the theme Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance?

I was glad to see that both the Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability (DCAD) meeting and Workshop 99 on digital inclusion policy for the forgotten billion, at the IGF 2014, focused on how to integrate people with disabilities, although it would be better to scale up their participation… Continue

Added by Clifford Agugoesi on October 5, 2014 at 2:27pm — No Comments


Children are exposed to a variety of risks online. According to the United Nations convention on child protection a child is a person under 18 years of age. The advent of mobile phones has greatly increased the availability of internet access to children even in private areas where their parents cannot easily have control over them. They are thus exposed to harmful online contents like pornography and predators. Reports from industry during the 2014 IGF revealed that there are over 5…


Added by Foncham Denis Doh on October 3, 2014 at 9:29am — No Comments


La neutralité du Net a été débattue au sein de la Coalition dynamique comme un précurseur de la session principale sur la neutralité du net qui a eu lieu dans l'après-midi de la deuxième journée. Cela a permis de cartographier les défis techniques, économiques et droits de l'homme et des questions en suspens. Les participants ont formulés le souhait d'aller vers une plus grande convergence des discussions d'opinions comme aliment pour l'IGF en 2015 au…


Added by SCHOMBE BAUDOUIN on October 2, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

l’Accès public à l’internet en zone rurale au Cameroun : Amélioration des performances scolaires dan le secteur de l’éducation secondaire à travers les Télécentres Communautaires Polyvalents(TCP).

« Cette préoccupation entre dans une politique globale développée par le Président de la république du Cameroun depuis l’année 2001 dans son message à la jeunesse »  cf. www.observatoiretic.org/documents/download/87/, et dont les orientations sont confiées à l’Agence Nationale de Développement des TICs : ANTIC (www.antic.cm), ainsi qu’à un acteur clé dans la régulation en l’occurrence l’Agence de…


Added by Avis MOMENI on October 2, 2014 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Leadership: one of the ingredients for universal access

One of the topics for this year’s IGF held in Istanbul, was Access, with a plenary session “Policies Enabling Access, Growth and Development on the Internet “. The main thread of the topic centered on Access policies as an engine for growth and development.


In 2005 when the Tunis Agenda was conceived, 1 billion people were connected to the Internet. In the next 9 years, there will be approximately 9 billion people accessing the…


Added by Octavia Kumalo on October 2, 2014 at 3:59pm — No Comments

"l'internet comme moteur de la croissance économique et du développement" (Internet as engine of growth and developpement)

L'un des thèmes qui m'ont le plus intéressé au cours de l'IGF 2014 est celui sur  "l'internet comme moteur de la croissance économique et du développement" (Internet as engine of growth and developpement). En effet de nos jours, la technologie est un indicateur de développement. Les études montrent qu'il existe une corrélation nette et positive entre l'investissement dans l'internet et la croissance de l'activité économique. Il faut comprendre que le préalable c'est d'abord la connaissance…


Added by AGUESSY HERMANN THIBAUT on October 2, 2014 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Harmonizing Cyber Security legislation

Many African countries have adopted or are in the process of adopting cyber security legislation. However, the laws being adopted are likely to create interpretation nightmares unless the definitions of technical terms are harmonized. For example, the African Union Convention on Cybersecurity and Personal Data Protection  has more…


Added by Simon Mbugua on October 2, 2014 at 8:18am — No Comments

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