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  • Establishment OverSo we have now moved on from the early establishment phase and the NTIA IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group – better known as the ICG – have started to tackle some of the difficult topics on its plate. At the time of writing significant progress has been made on some topics while others are still evolving. In this piece I will give an overview of that progress and point to where work is continuing.Thankfully now, the charter for the group has been agreed, and I want to thank the many people across the Internet Society community who commented on the proposal. This...
    Date published 02 September 2014
  • By Bob Hinden, Chair of Internet Society Board of Trustees and David Farber, Internet Society Board TrusteeOn the eve of the 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, the Internet Society’s Board of Trustees is eagerly anticipating the official launch of the Internet Governance Forum Support Association, an organization to support and sustain the IGF.  Despite its great success as a facilitator of open and equal dialogue, the IGF’s financial stability has been in question. The Board of the Internet Society strongly believed that it was necessary to create a legal structure to...
    Date published 01 September 2014
  • I am excited to be in this magnificent city with its vibrancy, vitality, and incredible food! Istanbul lies at the crossroads of cultures; it serves as a hub of commerce, customs and trade. It is centuries old and always young. Its Internet community is as vibrant, vital and important as the city itself. It has been a delight to meet our hosts; I want to thank them all for their warm welcome and hospitality. And I want to thank our friends at the UN who support, champion and nurture this important Forum.As anticipated, IGF is promising to be an exciting, challenging and productive week. The...
    Date published 31 August 2014
  • THE IGF 2014 FRAGMENTATION TRACK The risk of the fragmentation of cross-border online spaces and underlying technical architecture of the Internet raises increasing concerns among policy makers, business, civil society and the technical community. The Internet Society (ISOC), the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Internet & Jurisdiction Project are organizing three workshops on this issue at the Internet Governance Forum 2014, which will take place from September 2-5, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.Together, the three sessions will help frame the broader debate and...
    Date published 27 August 2014
  • Date published 29 July 2014
  • Markus Kummer recently announced his decision to depart the Internet Society following the 2014 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in September. For his remaining time with ISOC, he has accepted a new role as Senior Vice President, with a focus on further strengthening the IGF.  Last November, ISOC’s Board of Trustees agreed to set up a support organization to facilitate the funding of the IGF, including regional and national IGF initiatives. The details of the proposal that Markus developed were approved by the ISOC Board today. In his new position, Markus will work to bring...
    Date published 17 June 2014
  • On 9 June, an event called WSIS+10 High Level Event began in Geneva Switzerland. Although you may not have heard of it before, you need to care because it might have a big impact on your ability to have your say in the future of the Internet. Here's what happened on Day 2.[<a href="//storify.com/internetsociety/your-voice-counts-at-wsis-10-day-2-wrap-up" target="_blank">View the story "Your Voice Counts At WSIS + 10: Day 2 Wrap Up" on Storify</a>]
    Date published 11 June 2014
  • We are quickly approaching the mid-point in a pivotal year for the evolution of the Internet. I recently spoke at the INET Istanbul, which offered another important opportunity for multistakeholder dialogue on critical Internet issues. The INET provided a bridge between two important meetings -- just one month after NETmundial in São Paulo, Brazil and a few months ahead of the 9th meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which will also be held in Istanbul in early September. These meetings call upon the international community to reflect on the kind of Internet we want and how we...
    Date published 23 May 2014
  • In view of major conferences taking place this year, the adoption of a formal policy position on Internet governance " Internet Policy and Governance - Europe's role in shaping the future of Internet governance" by the European Commission on 12 February is a major contribution.It is the first comprehensive position paper by a governmental stakeholder, in this case the Executive Branch of the European Union which takes the lead and comes up with a vision on the future of Internet governance.  The role of governments in multistakeholder Internet governance arrangements is one of the key...
    Date published 18 February 2014
  • From September 4-6, Asian Internet capital Korea played host to the region’s annual Internet governance forum, with more than 200 attendees descending upon Seoul to participate in the discussions. APrIGF 2013 is more than just a multi-stakeholder forum shaping the region’s common issues and future Internet – since the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT), APrIGF has become the main global meeting for Internet governance discussions, due in part to the significant social, economic and technological role the Internet is playing in the region’s...
    Date published 07 November 2013