• UN rights experts urge India to end communications shutdown in Kashmir

    by  • August 22, 2019

    GENEVA (22 August 2019) – UN human rights experts* today called on the Government of India to end the crackdown on freedom of expression, access to information and peaceful protests imposed in Indian-Administered Kashmir this month.  The experts expressed concern that the measures, imposed after the Indian Parliament revoked the Constitutionally-mandated status of the...

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    A Joint Call to World Leaders for a Secure and Trusted Digital Economy

    by  • August 22, 2019

    ISOC UK has signed a call to world leaders attending the G7 summit to ensure the Internet can support a secure and trusted digital economy for everyone. Measures that undermine encryption weaken security for all. You can see the letter and sign it at http://www.g7openletter.org Endnotes: Exceptional access, also referred to as “lawful access,”...

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    European Chapters Meeting on 9-10 May 2019

    by  • August 21, 2019

    (Reported by Louise Marie Hurel) Representatives and fellows from the European ISOC Chapters met in Bucharest, Romania (full agenda here) from 9-10 May 2019. The two-day discussions covered topics such as encryption, Internet consolidation, IoT, Internet of food, and stimulated an inclusive and dynamic exchange on Internet Society’s 2025 long-term strategic planning.  It is...

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    ICANN/UASG Campaign on Updated Internet Standards

    by  • August 20, 2019

    The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) which has been working to facilitate that all domain names and corresponding email addresses work in all applications, has asked for this community’s help to voluntarily spread the word about Universal Acceptance. The Group includes Apple, Google, ICANN and Microsoft. So what is “Universal Acceptance”? Since 2010, non-Latin...

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    How to Regulate the Internet Without Breaking It

    by  • May 27, 2019

    How to Regulate the Internet Without Breaking It

    19 June 2019 – 6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Joseph Gaggero Hall | Chatham House | 10 St James’s Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

    Andrew Sullivan CEO Internet Society
    Speaker is Andrew Sullivan, President and CEO Internet Society

    To Register interest – https://www.chathamhouse.org/event/how-regulate-internet-without-breaking-it

    Internet regulation is increasing around the world creating positive obligations on internet providers and exerting negative unintended consequences on the internet infrastructure. In some ways, most of this regulatory activity is justifiable. Governments are concerned about the increased risk that the use of the internet brings to societies. As a response, many governments have been enacting regulations as their main approach to dealing with these concerns. The main challenge is that most of the current regulations are either ill-defined or unworkable.  

    On the one hand, several governments have established procedures that seek to analyze the impacts of new regulatory proposals before they were adopted. However, there hasn’t been enough attention aimed at analyzing regulations after they have been adopted and only a few have measures in place to evaluate the impacts of the procedures and practices that govern the regulatory process itself.

    On the other hand, much of the regulation creates unintended consequences to the internet itself. It undermines many of its fundamental properties and challenges the integrity and resiliency of its infrastructure.  

    This event will be followed by an informal drinks reception.

    This event will discuss current practices in internet-related regulation and the related challenges. Panellists will discuss how governments can enforce regulations that achieve their intended purpose while at the same time protecting the internet’s core infrastructure and its properties, including its openness, interoperability and global reach.

    CONTACT – Calum Inverarity, Programme Coordinator and Research Assistant  +44 (0) 207 957 5751  Email

     

    New Year message to Internet Society members from CEO Andrew Sullivan

    by  • December 31, 2018

    New Year message to Internet Society members from CEO Andrew Sullivan The Internet now reaches more than half the world.  A recent estimateindicates that nearly 4 billion people – more than half the world’s population – now use the Internet. More people are now online than existed in the world the year I was born....

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