Posts by Melanie Penagos

Seeking Applicants for Public Knowledge’s “Open Internet” Course

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Today, Public Knowledge is launching a call for applications for the next round of our online and tuition-free, Spanish-language Open Internet Course. The 13-week course, designed to train and cultivate a new generation of Spanish speaking leaders to defend the free and open internet, will begin on February 6. Applications will be accepted until January 20 and we encourage all who are interested to apply as soon as possible.

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PK’s Open Internet Course: What We’ve Learned and What’s Next

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In maintaining our commitment to cultivate new leaders to enable and promote a free and open internet, Public Knowledge recently concluded the second round of its online Open Internet Course. The course, which ran from June 27 - October 10, 2016, hosted 30 participants, including journalists, students, government officials, and practitioners in the digital rights field.

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Public Knowledge Calls for New Applicants for Our Open Internet Course

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Today, Public Knowledge is launching a call for applications for the second round of our online, open licensed, and tuition-free Spanish-language Open Internet Course. The 13-week course, designed to train and cultivate a new generation of Spanish speaking leaders to defend the free and open internet, will begin on June 27. Applications will be accepted until June 10 and we encourage all who are interested to apply as soon as possible.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes the Newly Adopted WSIS+10 Outcome Document

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On December 16, after an intense round of negotiations among United Nations (UN) member states, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the final outcome document regarding the ten-year review of the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10). Public Knowledge welcomes this outcome document as a positive step towards achieving an inclusive knowledge society and promoting a free and open Internet.

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Why the Internet Governance Forum is Important to Us

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Last week, over 2,500 participants from around the world gathered in João Pessoa, Brazil to discuss Internet standards and policies at the 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF). From November 10-13, attendees and remote participants discussed the evolution of Internet governance through the lens of sustainable development. Topics included cybersecurity and trust, enhancing multistakeholder cooperation, the impact of trade on Internet governance and regulation, and Internet and human rights.

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Achieving a Global Information Society: Linking the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals with WSIS+10

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This year marks the end of two major United Nations (UN) processes that signify the beginning of a new era in international development, an age when Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), such as the Internet and telecommunications, are considered vital to facilitate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN has recognized how important international development is by adopting the SDGs and initiating a ten-year review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10).The WSIS+10 process will ultimately produce an outcome document with the potential to steer the course of ICTs for development. Stakeholders input will help preserve the WSIS vision of building a people-centric, inclusive, and development-oriented Information Society.

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Paving the Way to WSIS+10: Shaping the Final Outcome

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In less than six months, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will vote on an outcome document that will set the course for the post-2015 implementation of the World Summit on Information Society’s (WSIS) goals. This negotiation has the potential to influence the role of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in international development for many years to come. The time leading up to the December 15 - 16, 2015 intergovernmental meeting is crucial because this is the time in which the WSIS ten-year review (WSIS+10) outcome document will be shaped. The two core upcoming dates for contributions are July 31st and October 15th.

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PK Empowers Latin American Digital Rights Activists with its First Open Internet Course

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Over the past few years, the Global Team at Public Knowledge has increased its work in Latin America and its collaboration with partners in the region. A main focus of this work has been to support their engagement in global topics and, whenever appropriate, local and regional battles to defend an open and free Internet.

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All Eyes on the Future: Looking Beyond WSIS +10

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In December 2015, the conclusion of the ten-year review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), otherwise known as the WSIS +10 review, will take place in New York at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The purpose of this two-day, intergovernmental meeting will be to conclude the assessment of the WSIS Action Lines implementation and set the course for WSIS goals post-2015. The preparatory discussions and final review will potentially have a significant impact on the way the Internet is governed, the protection of human rights online, and the future of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) for development (ICT4D).

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Will Multistakeholderism Prevail By September 2015?

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There is a crucial process under way with the goal of strengthening the multistakeholder model of Internet governance: the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) is transitioning from the purview of the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to a new oversight mechanism by a global, multistakeholder community.

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