Internet Governance

The WSIS+10 Lessons for Digital Development

The United Nations Commission for Science Technology and Development (CSTD) is meeting for its eighteenth session in Geneva, 4-8 May 2015 on two themes – strategic foresight for the post-2015 development agenda and Digital Development. Its review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) outcomes is summarized in the Ten-Year Review Report. Here, adapted from a speech […]

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    Digital Single Market strategy: geo-blocking, copyright, and AVMS implications

Digital Single Market strategy: geo-blocking, copyright, and AVMS implications

Recently the European Commission’s draft Digital Single Market strategy and evidence file were leaked and obtained by Politico. The document has been prepared under the aegis of Commissioner Ansip, Commissioner Vice President with responsibility for the Digital Single Market, one of the key areas identified in the Commission President’s Political Guidelines. Ahead of the official launch date of 6 […]

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    Welcoming a UN special rapporteur to the Online Human Rights Choir

Welcoming a UN special rapporteur to the Online Human Rights Choir

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will soon appoint a special rapporteur to investigate the right to privacy in the digital age. LSE alumna Anri van der Spuy, now a fellow at the UN Secretariat of the IGF and her colleague Carl Gahnberg (who both write here in a personal capacity that does not reflect the views of […]

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    Internet regulation and counter-terrorism: the dangerous clash in Pakistan’s regulatory regime

Internet regulation and counter-terrorism: the dangerous clash in Pakistan’s regulatory regime

Sadaf Khan, an LSE alumna who has been associated with media and the media development sector in Pakistan since 2002 and who is now Director of Programs for the non-profit Media Matters for Democracy, looks at Pakistan’s draft legislation on cybercrime and the threats it poses.

Pakistan has been without a legal framework to deal with Cybercrime since 2009. […]

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    No need to panic: Let’s talk about coercion, consent, and collaboration for a safer Internet for kids

No need to panic: Let’s talk about coercion, consent, and collaboration for a safer Internet for kids

LSE Media Policy Project researcher Jessica Mason discusses recent research on “youth-produced sexual content online” from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and Microsoft.

Yesterday the IWF released the results of a new qualitative study in which they proactively searched, over a three month period, for sexually explicit video and image content depicting young people. They exclusively looked for content that […]

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    The FCC comes out swinging on net neutrality and municipal broadband: counterpunches to come

The FCC comes out swinging on net neutrality and municipal broadband: counterpunches to come

Rutgers University Law Professor Ellen Goodman explains the implications of the decisions taken yesterday by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a US government agency, regarding net neutrality.

In the face of a blistering grassroots campaign, President Obama’s finger wagging, several reversals at court, and at least five years of trying, the FCC has adopted unblinking net neutrality rules. The actual […]

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    Chaos and Control: The Competing Tensions of Internet Governance in Iran

Chaos and Control: The Competing Tensions of Internet Governance in Iran

Kyle Bowen, an LSE Media and Communications alumnus who is now a researcher at Small Media, an NGO that seeks the free flow of information, particularly in Iran, discusses the implications of a new report on Iran’s approach to internet governance.

After several hours of intense debate, the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) descended into chaos. Convened to […]

ICANN 52 and the road to WSIS+10

ICANN held the first of its three annual open meetings in Singapore last week. LSE alumna and ICANN fellow Anri van der Spuy attended and encountered a reluctant yet growing willingness to start opening the debate to accommodate broader internet governance issues, besides an expected focus on the IANA stewardship transition.

As one of the primary bodies tasked with the technical […]

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    Between institutional dungeons and the dragons of public opinion: Russian Internet regulation

Between institutional dungeons and the dragons of public opinion: Russian Internet regulation

Gregory Asmolov, a PhD researcher at the LSE, argues that new data from Russia suggest revisiting policies for mitigation of radical Internet regulation, based on his recent paper that explores why Russian public opinion is generally in favour of regulation. 

The Russian Internet, also known as Runet, has played an important political role since the turn of the century. […]

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    Practical obscurity and the right to be forgotten: “pretty much” privacy is enough

Practical obscurity and the right to be forgotten: “pretty much” privacy is enough

Rutgers University Law Professor Ellen Goodman looks at attempts to extend the right to be forgotten beyond Europe and argues that  a person’s ‘right to be forgotten’ should not be a right to completely erase information, but instead should be a right to ‘practical obscurity’.
In 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized an individual interest in the “practical obscurity” of certain personal information. The […]