March 30th, 2014 // Keeping Our Eyes on the Fight for Free Speech – by Walid Al-Saqaf

With all the ongoing fascination with the mass surveillance scandals taking place in several countries, I do feel worried that the energy and focus going to those issues is chipping away at our efforts to deal with the more deeply-rooted … Continue reading

March 29th, 2014 // The Case for Data Driven Analysis for Cybercrime Regulation – by Francisco Javier Vera Hott

The case for data driven analysis for cybercrime regulation Given the growing internet penetration rates over the last few years throughout a diverse set of developing countries (also known as the ‘Global South’), different issues are arising in regards to … Continue reading

March 28th, 2014 // From Paranoia to Solidarity: Human Rights Technology in the Age of Hyper-Surveillance – by Enrique Piracés

For decades, security experts, privacy advocates, and whistleblowers have warned us about the growing surveillance capacity of states, the risk of technology in the hands of organized crime, and the increasing role that corporations play in violating citizens’ rights to … Continue reading

March 25th, 2014 // Cyber Witch Hunting and the Real Danger of Cyber Controls – by Aim Sinpeng

Not again. A cyber “witch hunter” sent me a message condemning my Facebook friendship with a well-known political activist who fights to reform the monarchy in a country that carries the harshest punishment for defaming the royalty. The thought of … Continue reading

March 24th, 2014 // A Magna Carta for the Internet? – by Jan Kleijssen

The views expressed in this piece are those of the author only. The Internet is a unique public global good. It enables unprecedented numbers of people to share information and ideas, exercise democratic control over governing institutions and participate in … Continue reading

March 24th, 2014 // Practical Steps Towards Telecommunications Transparency – by Christopher Parsons

Cross posted from Christopher Parson’s blog, “Technology, Thoughts & Trinkets.”  Last month I, along with a series of academic researchers and civil liberties organizations, asked Canada’s leading Telecommunications Services Providers (TSPs) to disclose how, why, and how often they provide telecommunications information … Continue reading

March 14th, 2014 // It’s Time for a Magna Carta for the Web – by Dunja Mijatović

While Al Gore may have invented the Internet, most people today are commemorating the 25th anniversary of the spawning of an idea, posed by British scientist Tim Berners-Lee, which was to give birth to what we call the World Wide … Continue reading

March 11th, 2014 // UNESCO Calls for Editors’ Input in Online Privacy Study – Interview with Guy Berger

Interview by Julie Posetti and published by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. Original posting is here. Late last year, UNESCO’s 195 member states adopted a resolution on freedom of information and privacy, formally recognising the value of investigative … Continue reading

March 10th, 2014 // Why We Should Care About Russia’s Stance on the Internet – by Andrei Soldatov

How can we reduce American influence over the Internet? Is it possible to place boundaries on the global network and, if so, how? Today, in the aftermath of the Snowden revelations, these are among the most prominent questions in the … Continue reading

March 5th, 2014 // The Internet Governance-espionage Evolution: “Change It!” Versus “Get Real!” – by Chris Bronk

Rare is the day that Edward Snowden’s decision to leave the United States and provide a massive archive of information regarding US signals intelligence to a handful of journalists, chiefly Glenn Greenwald, doesn’t enter my thoughts or conversation. We are … Continue reading