A Trojan horse in the room

It’s no secret that one of the main commercial axes for technology companies is having access to user data and online behaviour. Big Data analysis turns data into gold for all kind of purposes, smoothing the path for selling customized products and services. On the contrary, in an increasingly connected society, citizens give this information almost unconsciously by the mere fact of accessing a social network, downloading the newest app or logging in the latest trendy online service.


Privacy as a Human Right in the European Union and the global Internet

Catching the headlines  In the last years privacy has increasingly caught the headlines in the European Union (EU) and worldwide. The revelations of Edward Snowden on the activities of the NSA, the activities of large international technology companies and spectacular decisions by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) have caught the interest of large parts of the population.


Human Rights on the Internet, it´s time to catch up!

Human rights are designed to protect human beings. Three billion of these human beings use the Internet. The Human Rights Protocol Consideration Proposed Group (HRPC) hope to bridge the gap between human rights and the Internet, aiming to encode basic human rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) onto future Internet protocols. After undertaking research in order to expose the relationship between protocols and human rights, the group want to propose protocol guidelines to ensure human rights are enshrined online. Considering the beneficial nature of human rights and the quantity of global Internet users, the objectives of the HRPC must surely be popular with everyone… right?


IPR regime: a barrier to innovation?

Is the IPR protection regime an obstacle to innovation and growth, or has a potential to spur creativity? A roundtable on Open Innovation in the Proprietary World organised in the framework of MAPPING project provided some thought provoking answers to this question.


Options for Schengen Net architectures

There was an interesting panel on „Alternatıve routes protectıng human rıghts on the Internet“ at the IGF 2014. Olexandr Pastukhov, Bogdan Manolea and Patrick Curry presented their views on creating a safe zone in the Internet by segregating a part of it, also dubbed Shengen Net and parallel universe. One of the viewpoints claims that a Shengen Net can be envisioned as a protected corporate intranet. In this article I am arguing, as an information security engineer, why protection at the network layer is infeasible and that alternatives on other layers promise more effectiveness.


Reflections on IGF 2014

The IGF mandate is up for renewal this month, having served its initial five-year term, and entering into the final year of its five-year extension.


What is the Internet?

The Internet is part of cyberspace and there is a lot more to cyberspace than just the Internet. Different nations view cyberspace differently. A few nations see it only as a network of devices. Most see it as a place where information lives, and where it is used, accessed, manipulated and updated trillions of times a day by billions of people using more devices than there are users. A few nations see cyberspace as the total electronic environment in which society lives, works and is governed, particularly through use of the media.


Future of the Internet – So much to consider!

Any debate around the Internet, and its future, is complicated by there being many different but interrelated perspectives. Any analysis needs to consider these multiple perspectives as the pursuit of just one in isolation of others quickly leads to unacceptable or unworkable consequences. For example, many debates around privacy focus only on the person without considering the nature of the relationships with other parties or the context in which information is being used or the technical feasibility. It’s assumed to be someone else’s responsibility to assure my privacy (and security) – I want the benefits without the responsibility. Is that realistic?


Parallel Internets, another Internet treaty or both? The next pieces of the internet governance jigsaw puzzle – Part 2

The long-standing expectation for a legal instrument such as a framework convention (as discussed in the first part of this two-part blog) is not the only dimension which needs to be examined with a certain amount of urgency.


Parallel Internets, another Internet treaty or both? The next pieces of the internet governance jigsaw puzzle - Part 1.

How often has the question “Quo Vadis?” or “where are you going”? been asked of Internet Governance? Many times over the past 10-15 years, including very explicitly in the 2005 concept paper "Internet Governance: Quo Vadis?, the IGP’s Response to the WGIG Report."