The challenge faced by the Internet Governance Forum is a big one: to convene open multi-stakeholder dialogue on extremely diverse Internet issues in order to help shape global Internet policy and practice. Sometimes it can feel like an event of fragmented workshops, repeating year-on-year without … [Read more...] about Deeper and wider: dialogue at the Internet Governance Forum
It is my observation that the governing consensus of the Internet is starkly different to the one in the ‘real world’. As the two are increasingly being forced together by the interweaving of the Internet into every day life, a new consensus must be built. There is, however, more common ground than … [Read more...] about A New Offline/Online Political Consensus
A tipping point in internet behaviour? Two recent official reports - Digital Britain; and Ofcom's Communications Sector Review - have suggested that Britain is at a tipping point in respect of the internet. To date, it is suggested, the internet has generally supplemented offline behaviour. Now, … [Read more...] about A tipping point in internet behaviour?
Internet Governance is seen by many as a ‘dry topic’, and certainly the concepts discussed are not always easily accessible to a young audience – imagine asking a room of teens their opinions on openness, access, security and diversity! Yet the need for the involvement of young people in the IGF … [Read more...] about Engaging young people in the IGF
The UN Internet Governance Forum will meet in November at Sharm El Sheikh. The IGF has matured into a useful tool. But it is under threat. Stakeholders should speak up! It’s IGF season again. Representatives of key stakeholders are meeting again in Geneva to prepare the ground for the forthcoming … [Read more...] about The future of the IGF
The internet has brought with it very many wonders and joys, but by common consent there have also been a number of unintended, unforeseen and unwanted consequences. Some of the debates taking place about the future of the internet are, in essence, questions about how we deal with these side … [Read more...] about As Sharm el Sheikh approaches
By the Internet Watch Foundation Reflecting our area of expertise and experience, this post focuses on child sexual abuse content which is as much an issue for the UK internet as for every country, every law enforcement body, every facet of the global internet community, and every citizen. There … [Read more...] about Eradicating child sexual abuse images: beyond rhetoric and borders
As we mark the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Internet, what issues concern UK consumers and how might these feed into the deliberations of the forthcoming Internet Governance Forum? Let me briefly list my top ten topics to kick off what inevitably must be a wide-ranging discussion. 1) … [Read more...] about My top ten topics