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  • Date published 06 December 2014
  • Internet Society Submission, October 2014Following its active participation in the 2014 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, and in anticipation of the 2015 IGF in Brazil, the Internet Society would like to submit the following considerations in light of the next Open Consultations and MAG meetings in December 2014.IGF OutcomesThe NETmundial conference in April 2014 demonstrated that tangible outcomes on emerging and challenging issues can be effectively developed by a multistakeholder community. We believe the IGF offers a similar potential of development, bearing in...
    Date published 29 October 2014
  • The Tenth Annual IGF Meeting is scheduled to take place in João Pessoa, Brazil, on 10-13 November 2015.Under-Secretary-General of UNDESA, Mr. Wu Hongbo, has issued a public request for nominations for the 2015 Multistakeholder Advisory Group, which will advise the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the programme and schedule of the IGF 2015 meeting.  
    Date published 02 October 2014
  • Broadband access policies have in recent years occupied a prime spot in digital divide discussions. But at the recently held Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, an increasingly common but oft-overlooked aspect of the debate has bubbled up the surface: zero-rating. The practice involves mobile carriers, through a prior agreement with specific content providers, offering free mobile data to allow customers to access particular online content or services at no additional cost.The scheme, which has seen growing uptake in emerging Internet markets like India, Indonesia and the Philippines...
    Date published 24 September 2014
  • After many months of hard work and preparation, last week’s IGF 2014 proved to be an extremely productive one. Building on a busy and compelling agenda, the community was united in its willingness to address concrete issues, with a view to work towards tangible solutions.  Internet Society CEO Kathy Brown, in her remarks at the opening ceremony, outlined four clear calls to action: 1) demonstrate that the IGF is essential to the future of the Internet; 2) strengthen the IGF by producing tangible results; 3) be fearless in tackling the tough, important issues; and 4) ensure the IGF...
    Date published 09 September 2014
  • The global Internet Governance Forum was not the only one showing vibrancy in Istanbul this week. At the Inter-regional and National Dialogue, national and regional IGFs around the world helped to demonstrate just how far the multi-stakeholder initiative has gone on its ninth year. There are innovations left and right—in strategies, processes and practices: In Asia-Pacific, a growing  youth IGF has been successfully integrated into the main regional agenda. In Canada, the coordinating body conducts a bi-annual national survey through which topics for the next IGF are determined. In...
    Date published 07 September 2014
  • The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has dedicated much of today's discussions to the linkages between Internet governance and the growth and development of the Internet. I participated in the main morning session with an impressive range of experts from government, industry, the technology community and civil society to exchange views and experiences about how public policies promote global expansion of the Internet, broader, more inclusive access, and empowerment of societies and individuals worldwide. These are issues that have carried high priority for the Internet Society since its very...
    Date published 03 September 2014
  • Is the Internet more important than clean water supply or transport infrastructure? These and other specific concerns were raised at the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) roundtable, where stakeholders from Pacific and Carribean countries gathered to discuss barriers to connectivity in countries with very limited resources.One fundamental challenge is prioritisation. As island nations confront the looming perils of climate change while still trying to overcome longstanding problems--lack of safe drinking water, electricity, proper sewage treatment--Internet connectivity may inevitably get...
    Date published 03 September 2014
  • By Lyman Chapin, Interisle Consulting Group Founder and Principal, and Sally Wentworth, Internet Society Vice President, Global Policy DevelopmentThis week at the IGF, many discussions will focus on how to develop Internet public policies in a wide range of areas in support of an “open Internet.” Janis Karklins, chair of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), answers his own question about why so many people are coming to Istanbul: "The answer is clear,” he states, “all of these stakeholders care about maintaining a free, open, interoperable, stable...
    Date published 03 September 2014
  • 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