Stories about News from September, 2011
Human Rights and Internet Protocols – Shared Values
In this commentary written from the Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi, special contributor Joy Liddicoat of APC says she was struck by the absence of any discussion about the way in which human rights form part of the very architecture of the internet. It is time, she says, for a new initiative to bring together the technical community and human rights advocates. We must work closer together to defend the shared values that are baked in to the internet and human rights to ensure that these are at the forefront in multi-stakeholder discussions about internet governance principles.
Kuwait: Three Netizens Detained
Kuwait does not have a history of detaining citizens for expressing their views online; the first arrest case in relevance to the internet happened to Bashar Al-Sayegh (@balsayegh) a Kuwaiti journalist who was detained by the State Security Police four years ago because of a post written in a forum...
Connect your Rights! Internet Rights are Human Rights.
Joy Liddicoat of APC.org points out that while governments are positioning themselves around internet governance issues, the politics associated with this must not detract from the issues that are facing civil society in developing countries, nor be a smokescreen behind which governments, or others, can hide their increasingly sophisticated interference with human rights and the internet.
Netizen's Guide to the Internet Governance Forum
The Internet Governance Forum is a multi-stakeholder forum where people from all over the world – from government, industry, the technical community and civil society – come together to discuss the Internet's future. The Sixth Annual meeting officially kicks off on Tuesday morning in Nairobi, Kenya. A number of pre-meetings...
The Netizen Report: Governance Edition
Tweet of the week: “If you are not at the table, you are probably on the menu.” via @guatemalia The sixth annual Internet Governance Forum meets in Nairobi next week. The schedule can be downloaded here. If you are not going in person you can participate remotely. Links to the...
The Netizen Report: Inaugural Edition
This is the first post in a new series on GVA called "The Netizen Report:" A regular overview of recent global developments related to the power dynamics between citizens, companies and governments on the Internet.