The digitalization of human activities, from social interactions to industrial processes, has led to unprecedented levels of data collection. New data is constantly being produced, driven by the rise of user-generated content, the digitalization of industries and services, and the improvement of both machine to machine communication and data storage. As recognized in the Commission’s Communication “Towards a data-driven economy”, this trend “holds enormous potential in various fields, ranging from health, food security, energy efficiency to intelligent transport systems and smart cities”....
Date published 28 February 2017
On September 30, 2016, the contract between the U.S. government and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) over the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) ended. This marked a process of almost 20 years that started with the privatization of the Domain Name System (DNS) in 1998. With the contract expired, taking stock of the process becomes critical. What unfolded for more two years was not just about the transition of a set of functions, critical to the operation of the Internet: it was also about the ability of the Internet community to stay true to the...
Date published 25 January 2017
Last week was the “Key Issues for Digital Transformation in the G20” event, a joint conference between the OECD and the German government setting the stage for the G20 meeting later this year in Hamburg, Germany. As an international forum gathering the world’s twenty major economies this is as much a political event as a thermometer on the major concerns that will drive international ICT policy in the near future.
Resisting a reflex of fear and isolation
The 2017 G20 on “Shaping an Interconnected world” is taking place in a context where the Internet has an ever growing influence on...
Date published 19 January 2017
It's closing day at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum and it's time to wrap up with some great sessions, best practices, and a look towards what's next.
As you pack your bags or your laptop, let us know what you think is next. What were your take aways from the sessions. What did you learn from the Best Practice Forums. More importantly, what will YOU do to implement what you discovered.
Here's what's on today
Day 4: Friday, December 9
WHEN / WHERE
WS97: How to create relevant Internet Governance Content
9:00-10:30Workshop Room 1
Olga Cavalli ...
Date published 09 December 2016
Today looks like it's going to be a really interesting day the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Talks on human rights, cyber security, and how to stand for diversity and inclusiveness in discussions around how the Internet grows.
Day 3: Thursday, December 8
WHEN / WHERE
9:00-10:30Workshop Room 9
Hiroshi Esaki speaking
Human Rights: Broadening the Conversation
10:00 - 13:00Main Session Room
Sally Wentworth speaking
WS 37: Internet Fragmentation: Getting next 4billion online
12:00 - 13:30Workshop Room 4
Karen Rose ...
Date published 08 December 2016
Welcome to Day 2 at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum!
Today will be packed with discussions focusing on the importance of working together, being inclusive, and empowering people to fight for the Internet they want.
Join online and tell world leaders that your voice must be included Internet policy discussion. The IGF is a great place to start.
Take Part Online
Register to take part from wherever you are!
Day 2: Wednesday, December 7
WHEN / WHERE
WS191: "Are we all OTTs? Danger of regulating an undefined concept"
09:00 - 10:30Workshop Room 1...
Date published 07 December 2016
The Internet's founding fathers were very deliberate in the model they devised for the Internet. From its earliest beginnings, it was built on open standards. It embraced open, participatory management and governance structures, and reflected principles of freedom of expression, access to information, as well as other democratic processes across a broad community of stakeholders.
The open, trusted, global Internet has changed lives and accelerated economic and social progress. It has brought the world closer together and enabled humanity to connect, communicate and collaborate.
In fact, the...
Date published 06 December 2016
It's here! The official opening of the 2016 Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Today is packed with more discussions on things like closing the gender gap to new initiatives in cybersecurity.
This is, without doubt, one of the most important global events of the year when it comes to how Internet policy develops. It happens once a year and is open to anyone who wants a voice in how the Internet grows.
This means you can take part too. And the time to do it is now. The world is changing. A new political context potentially pulls us closer toward the trends that we are already seeing...
Date published 06 December 2016
So if you're somehow involved in the world of the Internet chances are you know that people from around the world are descending on Guadalajara or getting ready to log on for five days of remote meetings.
And maybe you are already here too.
If you're not, and you don't know why this flurry of activity is taking place - you're just in time to be a part of it.
What's happening is one of the most important global events of the year when it comes to how policy and decision makers think about the Internet.
It's the 2016 Internet Governance Forum or IGF as it's known to many people around the...
Date published 05 December 2016
The West Africa Internet Governance Forum was officially opened yesterday by the Madame Sani Hadiza Koubra Abdoulaye, Niger’s Minister of Information. Under the theme “Implementing a Multi-Stakeholder Model for the Development of the Internet in West Africa” the forum is running for two days discussing issues like the digital divide, online safety, infrastructure and more.
In line with the support we give to the African IGFs, the Internet Society is participating to the Forum and made a presentation on “The role of IXPs in bridging the Digital Divide”.
Date published 18 November 2016