Happy Internet Governance Awareness Week! You may have heard that an important event related to the future of the Internet is taking place later this week...but so is another one related to the future of Internet governance. Tomorrow on February 25, the CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Ambassador David Gross, and the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administration for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) are going to be testifying in front of the Senate in a hearing entitled “Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance,” in relation to the IANA transition and ICANN accountability.
We’ve written time and time again about the potential dangers of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), an international trade agreement being secretly negotiated between twelve countries including the United States, for consumers’ digital rights.
As the push for creating strong net neutrality rules here in the United States grows with millions of Americans voicing their support, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that net neutrality has quickly blossomed in the global open Internet debate.
More than two dozen global civil society organizations, most of which are based in Africa, unveiled the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held in Istanbul, Turkey earlier this month. The declaration’s main purpose is to create a widely endorsed standard within a human rights framework for internet-related policy making decisions in Africa.
This week, the United Nations’ Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will hold its final session to draft the new international development goals for the next fifteen years, and in a discouraging turn, access to information might be excluded.