UN Internet Governance Forum, Joao Pessoa, Brazil, 10-13 November 2015

TALKS & EVENTS: The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a series of annual conferences organized by the UN. It brings together representatives from various stakeholder groups in discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet. The IGF informs those with policy-making power in both the public and private sectors. At their annual meeting delegates discuss, exchange information and share good practices with each other.

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“Privacy is a cultural construct”… Now, what’s next?

It is not as important to look for a new definition of the very contents of the concept of privacy as it is crucial to find acceptable common standards for the organizing principles of privacy today.

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“Privacy and Innovation: Rethinking Privacy as an Area of Opportunity”, Internet Governance Forum 2013

(IGF) Workshop (308) Background Paper and video of workshop.

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Multistakeholderism: Old Power Relations in a fancy new coat or something new to the table?

Make an attempt to attend an “internet governance” initiative without considering the concept multistakeholderism. It’s impossible. Tweets and updates from the recent Internet Governance Forum open consultations and the WSIS+10 event in February as well as the currently ongoing ICANN debates in Beijing illustrate the big buzz word value of the concept. You can’t avoid it. “Multistakeholderism” is the word.


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A shared set of Internet Governance Principles

“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” (Henri Bergson)

These past years the creation of a shared set of global Internet Governance Principles have been a key topic of discussion at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Apparently there are twenty something different sets of “Internet Governance Principles” worldwide developed in different contexts and with different purposes. Here’s one example from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers (2011). This vast amount of principles of course leads to what has been named by many “forum shopping”. You pick from what every principles suits your purpose. And consequently this discussion about one set of principles, or at least a compendium of principles that may pave a uniform road forward.

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Digitale kløfter (“Digital divides”, op ed, Dagbladet Information)

En digital revolution har fundet sted. Den er fejet over landene, har forbundet dem med sitrende kabler og signaler og dannet et netværk af vigtige informationer. Den har ændret måden, mange af os kommunikerer, arbejder og lever på. Og den har ændret økonomiske såvel som politiske makrostrukturer.

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