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  • Is the Internet bringing us together? Or is it further dividing us? Will the Internet of the future be a force for social cohesion? Or will it lead to greater fragmentation?Please join us on Thursday, May 11, from 12:30 - 14:00 BST (UTC+1) for a live video stream out of the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House in London, UK. In the session a panel of experts will address these and many related questions (view the longer description):Speakers and panelists include:Prof. Dr. Erik Huizer, CTO SURFnet, Internet Hall of Fame inducteeMs. Kathryn Brown, President and CEO,...
    Date published 11 May 2017
  • Media leaders, including ISOC's Senior Director for Global Internet Policy, Constance Bommelaer, gathered at the World Press Freedom Day 2017 event in Indonesia to approve the Jakarta Declaration, which calls on governments to support encryption and on all journalists to use encryption to protect their research, their communications, their sources, and themselves. This is an important and positive signal to the international community.Also during the World Press Freedom Day 2017, the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was...
    Date published 04 May 2017
  • I'm Bruna Santos, a Brazillian tech policy nerd!For the past three years I have worked as a legal advisor at the Presidency of Brazil, covering Human Rights and Internet Governance issues and taking part in interesting discussions on the Internet in Brazil in past years like the Marco Civil da Internet (Brazilian Civil Rights Framework for the Internet) and Data Protection bill draft. I am also an alumna of the Brazilian School of Internet Governance, a CGI.br fellow at the 9th Latin America and Caribbean Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum, an ICANN Fellow during...
    Date published 03 May 2017
  • A free and independent press, including online, is a pillar of vibrant societies. Yet, its future is in jeopardy.    Press freedom is declining across the world, as surveillance of journalists and violations of the confidentiality of sources become more common. Reporters are often victims of government orders to shut down media websites or blogs in the name of national security or public order.Journalists and their sources are taking enormous risks right now in making sure crucial stories get told. In today's environment, where trust in online...
    Date published 03 May 2017
  • Last week in Geneva I presented the Internet Society's Internet Futures project during UNCTAD E-Commerce week. Each time I present this project, I gain new perspectives from people who care deeply about the Internet's future. One government participant wondered what the digital divide will look like in 5-10 years. Will the divide only be about access to technology or will new divides emerge? The implications of censorship, cybersecurity, national economic readiness, and education all loom large in the minds of our community when we think about digital opportunity in the future.We at the...
    Date published 01 May 2017