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    What if we all governed the Internet? Or what if we didn’t?

What if we all governed the Internet? Or what if we didn’t?

We owe the Internet to its history of multistakeholder participation, which has also enabled the decisions that have shaped the evolution and use of this crucial resource. But how relevant is this governance ‘model’ to the Internet today? On 28 October, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) launched a report aimed at better understanding this question. […]

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 […]

Net Neutrality in Iran

How might the principle of net neutrality – in which Internet service providers (ISPs) enable users to access all web content and applications regardless of the source, without either favouring or discriminating against particular products or sites – be applicable to Iran? Kyle Bowen, researcher at Small Media, presents the key findings from a new report by his organisation, and asks […]

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 […]

The future of the IGF: mandate renewal?

This week, internet governance debates will centre on the UN General Assembly, which is due to make a decision about the future of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF); specifically, whether or not to renew its mandate. In advance of that decision, Luca Belli, Researcher at the Center for Technology and Society (CTS) of Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School, Rio […]

One in Three: Internet Governance and Children’s Rights

In November 2015, the Internet Governance Forum will focus on the theme of ‘policy options for connecting the next billion’. Following publication of her co-authored report ‘One in three: internet governance and children’s rights’, Professor Sonia Livingstone discusses how internet governance needs to consider the specific rights and needs of children, both in terms of protection from harm as well as the […]

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    Internet freedom in Iran: attitudes to anonymity, privacy and FOI

Internet freedom in Iran: attitudes to anonymity, privacy and FOI

In the lead up to this year’s high level event to review the progress of the goals outlined at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), stakeholders gathered in Geneva for the WSIS forum on March 25. Kyle Bowen, researcher at Small Media, looks at some of the findings of his organisation’s latest report, which is based on […]

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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 […]