Internet Governance

After Net Neutrality

In June 2016, a US court upheld net neutrality rules in the US, in a victory for public interest and grassroots movements against corporate interests. Victor Pickard, Associate Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, examines June’s historic ruling and asks whether net neutrality is now threatened by corporate capture.

A major policy event during my stint as a congressional staffer […]

Inside the Information Society: Putting ICTs to rights

David Souter, Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, looks at human rights and how they have been affected by ICTs and the Internet.

We talk a lot about ICTs and human rights. Adherence to human rights agreements is entrenched in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcome documents and was reiterated […]

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    Inside the Information Society: Enhanced cooperation for enhanced cooperation?

Inside the Information Society: Enhanced cooperation for enhanced cooperation?

David Souter, Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, looks at the Internet governance arrangement known as “enhanced cooperation”. This post builds on an earlier piece that he wrote for the Media Policy Project based on his experience as an independent expert in ICT and Internet policy.
Last December the UN General Assembly agreed to set up the […]

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    ICANN’s WHOIS System Must Follow Local Laws and Best Practices in Data Protection

ICANN’s WHOIS System Must Follow Local Laws and Best Practices in Data Protection

The Internet operates in a space far removed from Westphalian sovereignty, where mostly self-regulated private entities set policy through network architecture and engineering decisions. Among these bodies, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based not-for-profit, holds a monopoly over the technical and functional workings of the Internet’s domain name and numbering systems. It is also […]

Take 2: Personal data and dynamic IPs – time for clarity?

Damian Clifford and Jessica Schroers, legal researchers at KU Leuven, look at whether dynamic IP addresses fall within the scope of European Data Protection legislation given the identifiability of users based on the processing of IP addresses. In this post, they examine the written submissions and the hearing of the the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) which provide […]

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    Marching Closer: The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Transition

Marching Closer: The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Transition

As we draw closer to the time when the IANA stewardship functions transition away from US oversight to global stakeholders, LSE alumna and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) NextGen participant Sana Ali talks to Konstantinos Komaitis, Senior Policy Adviser at the Internet Society (ISOC), about the implications of the transition for both ICANN and the internet […]

ICANN54 and a Commitment to Human Rights

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) held the last of its three annual open meetings in Dublin in October 2015. A report by Ayden Férdeline of that meeting has been published on the Media Policy Project’s blog here. LSE alumna and NextGen@ICANN participant Sana Ali also attended the meeting, and spoke to Niels ten Oever from […]

WSIS+10 series: WSIS+10 and Women’s Empowerment

During the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), leaders from various countries came together and affirmed that the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) provided a wealth of opportunities for women, and that women should be an integral part of the information society. It called for removing the gender barriers to ICT education […]

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    WSIS+10 series: From access to trusted access – human rights in the WSIS+10 Review

WSIS+10 series: From access to trusted access – human rights in the WSIS+10 Review

When the two-part World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was held in 2003 and 2005, one of the key agreements reached among world leaders related to the necessity to bridge the digital divide between developed and developing countries. In the fourth of a series of posts on the WSIS+10 process edited by LSE alumna Anri van der Spuy, Nicolas Seidler, […]

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    WSIS+10 series: Truly multistakeholder? Participation in Internet governance debates: an African perspective

WSIS+10 series: Truly multistakeholder? Participation in Internet governance debates: an African perspective

While the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva paid special attention to the needs of developing countries to meaningfully participate in debates about Internet governance, the participation of African countries in these debates – and in particular in the WSIS processes that have taken place since 2003 – has been more limited. In the third […]