The IANA transition – an explainer

The IANA transition is an important event that is vital for the Internet, but if you hadn’t been told about it you wouldn’t notice it. The change is fundamental, but will change relatively little day to day. IANA is a collection of jobs, mostly administrative, that sit at the core of the Internet. IANA stands […]

Brazil – where the action is! Part 2 – NETmundial

I’m in São Paulo, Brazil at the end of the last day of the NETmundial conference, the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance. This conference was a unique event, created by Brazilian President Dilma Roussef in the hopes it will be the start of a lasting change in the global Internet governance […]

Brazil – where the action is! Part 1 – Marco Civil

I’m in Brazil for the NETmundial meeting, also knows as the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance. The NETmundial conference was thrown together very quickly after being announced by president Dilma Rousseff late in 2013. NETmundial is an attempt to kickstart a consensus set of principles for governing the Internet based on […]

WCIT: Freemasons, Internet memes and salt

Digital Consumers by Dr Jeremy Malcolm IN THE wake of the anti-climactic conclusion to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) earlier this month, readers could be forgiven for being confused about whether all the hype about the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) staging a UN takeover of the Internet had ever represented a real threat, […]

Two big threats to Internet Freedom this week

This week sees two international meetings which both contain within them significant threats to internet freedom. ITU In Dubai, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is meeting, and will be considering changes to the current structure of global internet governance.  The ITU is a state-based treaty organisation, that falls within the United Nations system, and has been […]