Especially the first item (Internet Governance Forum) might be quite
interesting to read...

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Dear friends and colleagues,

As the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2007 will be taking place shortly in Rio 
de Janeiro, we thought it might be timely for a newsletter that highlights some 
of the OII's efforts to inform and stimulate debate on issues of Internet 
Governance. These include: a new working paper, OII involvement in the IGF 
2007, and two key events to be held in London. These forthcoming activities add 
to our ongoing programme of seminars, forums and conferences on this topic, 
which we regard as central to ensuring that the Internet realises its full 

Best wishes,
Bill Dutton, Director

1. The IGF 2007: The OII at Rio
2. New Working Paper on Internet Governance
3. Webcasts on Internet Governance
4. Events Diary

1. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2007: The OII at Rio

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder forum set up after 
the UN's World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to facilitate the 
international discussion of governance issues relating to the Internet. The 
first IGF was held in Athens in 2006, and the second will take place shortly in 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (12-15 November 2007).

DPhil student Marcelo Thompson's proposal for a workshop 'Human Rights and 
Neutrality in the Internet' at the IGF has been welcomed by the IGF 
Secretariat. The workshop (13 Nov, 16:30-18:00) will seek to address the 
question: 'In which sense are technologically neutral laws and policies 
suitable to harness the development of a people-centred Information Society and 
to protect and fulfil the human right of access to knowledge and technology?' 
The workshop is being co-organized by the Center for Technology and Society 
(CTS) at the FGV Law School in Rio de Janeiro. Speakers: Michael Geist 
(University of Ottawa), Ronaldo Lemos (CTS/FGV, iCommons), Andrew McLaughlin 
(Google, Berkman Center), Claudio Prado (Brazilian Ministry of Culture), 
Marcelo Thompson (OII), Moderator: Pedro Paranagua (CTS/FGV).

The proposal is at:

OII Research Fellow Dr Ian Brown has also co-organised a workshop: 'Managing 
security issues: authentication at the transaction level'. Download the flyer 
(pdf, 74kb):

Marcelo will represent Ian on this panel, and OII Visiting Fellow Mary Rundle 
on two other panels:

'Privacy in Internet Identity Management: Emerging Issues and New Approaches'

'Fundamental Freedoms in the IGF: Protecting and Promoting Freedom of 
Expression, Freedom of Assembly and Association, and Privacy in the Information 

Ian Brown will also give a paper on 'Co-regulating Internet Security: The 
London Action Plan' at the Global Internet Governance Academic Network's 
(GigaNet) second annual symposium. This takes place the day before the IGF in 
Rio. Download the paper (pdf, 1mb):

Vicki Nash supported the UK's contributions to the IGF by acting as a judge for 
the BERR/Nominet Best Practice Challenge. This joint initiative between Nominet 
and the Dept for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform sought to identify 
UK organisations, groups or individuals that have delivered a safer, more 
accessible, diverse Internet experience and who will be showcased as examples 
of best practice in Rio. Details:

Two other events coming up are:

1. The first of what we hope to be an annual 'Global Status of the Net' 
conference (30 November)
We will be working with the US Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee 
(ICAC) to provide a neutral platform for a policy dialogue on challenging 
technology policy issues, including Internet Governance. The conference will 
feature parliamentary leaders from across Europe, Members of the US 
Cogressional Internet Caucus and other government officials, leading tech 
policy academics, industry executives and representatives from NGOs.

2. What's in a name? (28 January)
A lecture and discussion to provide an oportunity to commemorate Jon Postel by 
looking back at the history of the Domain Name System (DNS), explain its 
management and its significance to different actors, and discuss the merits of 
alternative scenarios in the future, including proposals for such innovations 
as Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) (more details to follow). This event 
will be sponsored primarily by Afilias, a global leader in advanced registry 
Jon Postel:

2. New Working Paper on Internet Governance

We have a new working paper on Internet Governance by Terje Rasmussen (OII 
Visitor in 2007): 'Techno-politics, Internet Governance and some challenges 
facing the Internet'. It addresses the Internet as a terrain of 
'techno-political controversies' which have influenced the development of the 
Internet since the start. Download the paper (pdf, 125kb):

Fragments: 'We have entered the fourth phase of the Net's history, 
characterised by several opposing tendencies: increasingly advanced technical 
solutions that bring new terminals and platforms and a greater awareness of 
what the Net represents in a social sense, but also a closer legal and 
political intervention in the Net by the IT bureaucrats.'

'The Net's architecture assumed moral surroundings – which the same 
architecture's success is now in the process of weakening. An increasing number 
of functions are being installed on the Net to protect users against 
breakdowns, sabotage and contamination of information, but such measures 
distance the Net from its original principle.'

Other OII working papers that address Internet Governance:

Dutton / Palfrey / Peltu: 'Deciphering the Codes of Internet Governance: 
Understanding the Hard Issues at Stake' Summary of an event organised around 
the topics of openness, security, diversity and access and providing an 
overview of the IGF and the issues it plans to address (Sept 2006).

Dutton / Peltu: 'The emerging Internet governance mosaic: connecting the 
pieces' Summary of a forum attended by members of the WGIG Secretariat (May 

You can see more governance work at:

Our working papers can be found at:

3. Webcasts on Internet Governance

Much of our research on Internet Governance has centred on a programme of 
seminars, forums and conferences. Resulting webcasts are listed below:  

Internet Governance for Development: Focusing on the Issues
Focus: Summary of an event organised around the topics of openness, security, 
diversity and access and providing an overview of the IGF and the issues it 
plans to address. Open discussion (rec. 31 Aug-1 Sept 2006)

Recent Developments in FCC Internet Regulation
Focus: Summarising the swift move of the US Federal Commmunications Commission 
in removing old rules (common carriage) and imposing new ones (E911, CALEA), 
and assessing the current US debate about network owners' provision of a 
'prioritized Internet' (rec. 18 April 2006)
Speaker: Susan Crawford (a member of the ICANN board of directors)

Internet Governance for Dummies
Focus: What aspects of the Internet need to be governed, and how effectively 
are ICANN, the IETF, and the ITU dealing with the key issues of Internet 
governance? (rec. 4 July 2005)
Speaker: John Levine (a member of ICANN's At Large Advisory Committee)

The Future of the Internet - and How to Stop It
Focus: What lies around the corner for the Internet, how to avoid it, and how 
to study and affect the future of the Internet using the distributed power of 
the network itself, using privacy as a signal example (rec. 25 April 2005)
Speaker: Professor Jonathan Zittrain

Webcast site:

4. Events Diary

Exploring the distributed development of Grid infrastructure for Particle 
Physics at the LHC: A case of Scaled Agility?
Speaker: Will Venters, Dept of Information Systems, LSE
Focus: Describing research undertaken within the EPSRC-funded Pegasus project 
to explore the working practices of the UK particle physics community in their 
development of Grid infrastructure to support their research at the Large 
Hadron Collider (LHC).
Date: Tues 6 November (15:00 - 17:00)

Digital Diplomacy: the impact of the Internet on international relations 
Speaker: Dr Nicholas Westcott, CMG (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
Focus: Exploring how the Internet contributes to the fraying of the power of 
the state in international relations, how non-state actors exert influence, and 
how the Internet changes both the dynamic of traditional diplomatic 
negotiations, and the way foreign ministries and embassies operate.
Date: Wed 14 November (12:15 - 13:30)

The Internet and the Delegalization of Law
Speaker: Professor Fred Schauer, Harvard University
Focus: Technological changes, such as the Internet, have made access to 
nonlegal information, such as newspaper reports and general interest books far 
less costly. Professor Schauer discusses the issues raised by this trend, such 
as whether it foreshadows the decreased dominance of traditional canon of legal 
information within the courts.
Date: Thurs 15 November (15:00 - 16:30)

The 2008 Democratic Global Primary: How Democrats Abroad will use the Internet 
to encourage political participation and increase overseas voting  
Speakers: Jon Cooper and Meredith A. Gowan Le Goff (American Democrats Abroad)
Focus: In June of 2007, Democrats Abroad voted to kick-off the 2008 delegate 
selection process with a global primary, so that Democrats around the world can 
easily participate. It is the first time that Internet-based voting is going to 
be used on such a large scale for a primary election: according to Democrats 
Abroad, e-voting will make voting easier and increase participation in the 
Democratic primary and in the general election in 2008, especially amongst 
overseas Americans living in remote rural areas.
Date: Wed 28 November (15:00 - 17:00)

Networked Information Processing and Changing Attitudes to Privacy in Japan
Speaker: Dr Andrew A. Adams, School of Systems Engineering, Reading University
Focus: There is a myth amongst researchers that there is no such thing as 
'Privacy' in Japan. Dr Adams refutes that and shows that the advent of 
networked information processing of personal data has brought Japanese 
attitudes to information privacy to a highly similar position to Western 
Date: Thurs 14 February (15:30 - 17:00)

Please register for any of these events by sending your name and affiliation to:

[Editor: David Sutcliffe]

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