Internet Governance

The MAPPING WP4 Surveillance Event will be held in Rome on 18 and 19 January 2018.

Work Package 4 of the MAPPING Project is focused on bringing together different stakeholders - including, business and online service providers, governmental organizations, civil society and academics - to collectively share knowledge and experience, think together on issues, decision-making, and practices, and develop recommended ways forward on the issue of Internet Governance. The developments in the MAPPING project and the possible use at UN level of the 'MAPPING draft legal instrument on surveillance' (mentioned by Prof.


Global Internet Governance - Actors, Regulations, Transactions and Strategies

An invitation to the GIG-ARTS conference. The conference is a European annual multidisciplinary academic venue to present and discuss developments in Global Internet Governance (GIG) and their implications in and beyond this field of research. 


MAPPING project at IGF

Cybersecurity and trust; the Internet economy; inclusiveness and diversity; openness; enhancing multi-stakeholder cooperation; the Internet and human rights; critical Internet resources; emerging issues – these eight sub-themes will frame the discussions in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, where the Internet Governance Forum 2015 is taking place from November 10 –13 2015. The overarching theme of the 10th annual meeting of the IGF remains the “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”.


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.


MAPPING at the WSIS+10 High-Level Event.

- The MAPPING project was introduced to the participants of the international World Summit on the Information Society +10 High-Level Event (WSIS+10), an extended version of the annual WSIS Forum, in Geneva between June 10th and 13th.


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."