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WCIT 3-14 december in Dubai, waarom is dit belangrijk ? 

(01/12/2012)

WCIT staat voor World Conference for International Telecommunications en heeft plaats in Dubai van 3 t/m 14 december.

Wat is de ITU?
De International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is een gespecialiseerd agentschap van de United Nations (gevestigd in Geneve), verantwoordelijk voor informatie technologie. Het heeft als taak de wereldwijde standaarden te bepalen, de coördinatie van het globaal radio spectrum en het verbeteren van de telecommunicatie infrastructuur. Werd opgericht in 1865, de oudste internationale organisatie, en is gevormd door de vertegenwoordigers van 193 lidstaten (overheden) en 700 private organisaties.

Waarom is deze conferentie belangrijk ?

Internet Society denkt dat de beslissingen genomen door de overheden tijdens de WCIT een herdefinitie van de internationale regelgeving van het Internet en de telecoms voor de 21ste eeuw en daardoor een impact zullen hebben op de manier waarop burgers Internet zullen kunnen gebruiken.

Wijzigingen aan de ITR's (International Telecommunication Regulations) kunnen wijzigingen aan de Internet architectuur, operations, content en veiligheid tot gevolg hebben. Volgende punten dienen door de WCIT in overleg genomen te worden :

  • Peering akkoorden en het impact op de kosten van de internationale Internet trafiek, met als gevolg een wijziging van de manier waarop gebruikers betalen voor de Internet diensten
  • "New technologies" regelgeving dat leidt tot censuur van technologie zoals bv DNS filtering
  • Data privacy, inbegrepen de toegang van de overheid tot de private data van burgers en organisaties (bedrijven);
  • Cybersecurity (veiligheid) : laat eventueel overheden toe controle te krijgen over de content (inhoud) en toegangen tot netwerken (Internet)
  • Internet adressen (domein namen / ip-adressen) : wijzigen van de globale adressering van het Internet
  • ITU-T aanbevelingen mandateren : met als gevolg een vertraging van de innovatie, diversificatie van technische resources en fundamenteel veranderen van het open multi-stakeholder model
  • Misuse, fraude en spam

Het is belangrijk te weten dat enkel ITU lidstaten wijzigingen kunnen bevestigen en goedkeuren.

We weten vandaag al dat de EU zeker geen toegevingen wil doen aan de eisen van bepaalde telecom organisaties (zoals ETNO) en streven naar het behoud van de openheid van het Internet.

Enkele interessante links :
- Internet Society global : http://www.internetsociety.org/wcit
- WCIT : http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/default.aspx
- ITU : http://www.itu.int
- Actie van Google : https://www.google.com/takeaction/

Wij volgen voor u de debatten dag na dag en houden u op de hoogte van "schermutselingen".


Cyber security research gets support of European Commission. 

(27/11/2012)

Cybercrime is a growing global problem that no company or country can tackle alone. At any given time, an estimated 150 000 viruses and other types of malicious code are circulating across the internet, infecting more than a million people every day. Anti-virus software developer McAfee counts 75 million unique pieces of malicious malware code on its databases, with botnets spewing out spam that account for a third of all the emails sent every day. Bots are one of the most sophisticated and popular types of cybercrime today. They allow hackers to take control of many computers at a time, and turn them into "zombie" computers, which operate as part of a powerful "botnet" to spread viruses, generate spam, and commit other types of online crime and fraud. The worldwide cost of cybercrime is estimated at over EUR 750 billion annually in wasted time, lost business opportunities and the expense of fixing problems.


dr. Vint Cerf at IGF2012 - marvellous impressions 

(09/11/2012)

Great discussion topic! Vint Cerf at the 2012 Internet Governance Forum makes a call for the world to agree on social and legal norms that govern the Internet. Which issue do you think we should start with first? http://www.youtube.com/ watch?feature=player_embedded&v=H0lyBzyeO4Y



IPv6 in Belgium promoted and explained by Eric Vyncke - Cisco 

(09/11/2012)

Eric Vyncke from Cisco Systems discusses IPv6 deployment advice for enterprise, specifically the security aspects, rogue RAs and using RA guard and the importance of IPv6 education.


European Seal of e-Excellence website is officially open. 

(06/11/2012)

EMF Seal 2013We would like to inform you that the new European Seal of e-Excellence website is officially open.

We changed completly the look and feel but this is only the tip of the iceberg. We keep working hard to empower the European Seal of e-Excellence: more interactivity between the audience and us, more concrete benefits, more visibility on the web and in the media, more influence, ...

We invite you to visit the new Seal website and to apply to become part of the exclusive CLUB OF e-EXCELLENCE.

The European Seal of e-Excellence is looking for companies that have successfully translated an innovative idea into a valuable and bankable product/service that has an excellent track record in the market.

Deadline: 30 November 2012 - http://www.seal-of-excellence.org/


IGF2012 : Internet Governance for Sustainable Human, Economic and Social Development 

(04/11/2012)

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was formed as an output of the 2005 United Nations World Summit on the Information Society.  It resulted from lengthy and difficult negotiations that took place over three years leading up to the Tunis event.  Its purpose, mandate and the basic ground rules for IGF are spelled out in the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society

Baku, Azerbaijan on November 6-9, 2012 will take place the 7th IGF meeting under the theme : "Internet Governance for Sustainable Human, Economic and Social Development”.

Key issues:

•       IG4D / Internet governance for development (IG4D): pending expansion of the Top Level Domain Space, Enabling Environment, Infrastructure issues.
•       Emerging issues: technical measures to address concerns about the online market for counterfeit goods and digital copyright infringement, as well as ever-stronger demands to enlist Internet intermediaries as the instrument of law enforcement.
•       Managing critical Internet resources: issues pertaining to Critical Internet Resources, and associated Internet Governance choices, challenges and needs in an interconnected world.
•       Security, openness and privacy: a wide range of issues relevant to and impacting Security, Privacy and Openness of the Internet, including as they relate to Human Rights and access to knowledge.
•       Access and diversity: a range of access and diversity issues with an emphasis on the social and economic development dimensions. The session will be interactive in nature and should not include any formal presentations.
•       Taking stock and the way forward: synthesis of the entire IGF, discussion on principles and frameworks for the IGF, what is the way forward?

How the Internet continues to sustain growth and innovation. 

(01/11/2012)

Consultancy Analysys Mason's report, commission by the Internet Society and entitled  'How the Internet continues to sustain growth and innovation', is a direct and pointed rebuttal to all the talk of data tsunami, unsustainable business models, scissor effects and so on that we've had for the last year or two and which have culminated (in a way) in the effort to establish 'sending network pays' principles in what most observers have, to now, regarded as the happily defunct ITRs (see -  US delegation prepares to play Whack-a-Mole at ITU meet).

Introduction from the report :

The ability of the Internet to keep pace with increasing demand and changing usage is a recurring concern in the history of the Internet. Today, such concerns are raised with respect to two overlapping trends: first, the accelerating growth in access worldwide, notably in developing countries; and second, the rapid growth in Internet usage by existing and new users, driven by demand for video content and new services such as machine-to-machine applications. Specifically, some stakeholders argue that current business models are unable to supply the infrastructure needed to meet this demand, which could lead to a reduction in service quality or even a collapse of the Internet.

In this paper we show that, in the face of constant growth and changes, fears about the sustainability of the Internet are almost as old as the commercial Internet itself, while market forces continue to meet the challenges presented by new demands on the Internet. In particular, we show how these challenges have been continually met in developed countries, based on a combination of new technology, investment, and changing business models, and how these same forces are already addressing new demands in developing countries today.

 

 


BeCommerce komt met een vernieuwde versie van be-Commerce label 

(01/11/2012)

BeCommerce, de Belgische vereniging voor webwinkeliers, legt strengere eisen op aan haar leden. Op die manier wil ze de zekerheid rond online aankopen vergroten.

In september hield BeCommerce haar algemene vergadering waarbij een aantal belangrijke beslissingen werden genomen. Wij vermelden hier de 4 punten die ook op de website van BeCommerce terug te vinden zijn :

  1. Voortaan valt ook Luxemburg onder het actiedomein van BeCommerce om te voldoen aan de vraag van onze leden die een Benelux-benadering wensen.
  2. De BeCommerce-kwaliteitslabel wordt verplicht voor alle leden van BeCommerce. Leden die nog niet over de label beschikken, moeten dit tegen het einde van het jaar in orde brengen. U kunt de label rechtstreeks aanvragen via info@becommerce.be.
  3. De BeCommerce-label betreft voortaan een 2-jaarlijkse audit. Vanaf 01.01.2013 starten wij met een procedure opdat de webshops die meer dan 2 jaar geleden een audit hebben gehad, vanaf januari opnieuw een audit kunnen doen. Zo garanderen wij de duurzaamheid van de label in de tijd.
  4. De BeCommerce-label zal worden goedgekeurd door een nieuw controlecomité dat begin 2013 met zijn taken zal aanvangen. Dit nieuwe comité wordt momenteel opgericht.

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SSEDIC launched a public global online survey 

(26/10/2012)

Electronic Identity is quite an abstract concept to most people. Nevertheless, each of us uses an eID on daily basis, e.g. when signing in to an email account, Facebook profile, Internet banking, or to access services of public authorities.

For such online transactions, we need to identify and authenticate ourselves. Currently, various types of hardware and software are used for this purpose, with varying levels of security. More than ever before, this confronts us with questions about privacy protection when sending personal information over the Internet.

Click here for more details and the link to the survey.


Start weekly overview ISOC EUROPEAN BUREAU - EU issues 

(12/10/2012)

Thanks goes to Frederic Donck, director European Bureau Internet Society (and his team), for the marvellous work delivered. This weekly overview will enable us and our members to get a closer view on what's happening at the ICT horizon. Of course we will try to elaborate this work by giving weekly overviews of issues bespoken in Belgium.

A first edition of this weekly overview can be viewed here.


Cybersecurity blijft onze aandacht vragen. 

(12/10/2012)

Naast de vele meldingen van cyberaanvallen in Amerika mogen we zeker niet vergeten de vele aanvallen die ook in ons land plaats vinden. Belgische websites komen regelmatig onder vuur te liggen van hackers en hackactivisten. Soms valt het een internet gebruiker wel eens op dat een site werd gedefaced (wikipedia : ongewild aanpassen van websites). Hoe klein ons landje ook is in de Internet wereld, toch zijn we evenzeer een gegadigde partij voor de vele hackers. In de Tijd werd recent een artikel (22/9/2012) gepubliceerd waarin we lezen dat ons federaal parket 244 dossiers heeft geopend in 2011. Toch zijn we ervan overtuigd dat dit aantal beneden de realiteit liggen. Immers, vele van de aanvallen worden "verborgen" gehouden voor het grote publiek. En dit vooral omdat bedrijven deze incidenten niet willen bekend maken. Fout als je het ons vraagt. Wij hebben dan ook begrip voor de uitspraak van Frédéric Van Leeuw (federaal magistraat) : "De cyberwereld is de nieuwe far west". Het wordt stilaan inderdaad een wereld waar we minder en minder vat op krijgen.

een werkloze van 19 jaar de website van de Belgische overheid kan platleggen

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een werkloze van 19 jaar de website van de Belgische overheid kan platlegge

Opnieuw massale TVV (Ondermings-portaal-Belgie) actie ! 

(27/08/2012)

Velen onder ons, .be domein naam eigenaars, zullen dezer dagen (opnieuw) de beruchte Ondernemings-portaal-België hebben ontvangen. Ongeacht de vele acties die reeds werden ondernomen door organisaties (waaronder ook ISOC Belgium), blijft deze Duitse "firma" TVV Tele Verzeichnis Verlag GmbH uit Hamburg massaal de .be domein naam eigenaars bekogelen met hun marketingcampagne.

De overlast die door deze campagne op zich al wordt veroorzaakt bij de KMO's en belangenorganisaties is van die orde dat we nu toch wel eens definitief willen komaf maken met deze praktijken. Het is ongehoord dat bedrijven uit het buitenland ongestraft voor dergelijke ergernis mogen zorgen. Een eerste actie waarmee al een belangrijke daad zou worden gesteld dat het bedrijf moet doen nadenken over hun gedrag en het gebruik van "Belgisch erfgoed - domein naam" zou erin bestaan de gebruikte domein naam in quarantaine te plaatsen. Zodoende zou die niet meer kunnen gebruikt worden. Er worden voor andere, minder ergerlijke redenen domein namen in quarantaine geplaatst.

Wij dringen er bij de media op aan om zoveel als mogelijk onze Belgische burgers nogmaals te alarmeren voor de praktijken van deze bedrijven.

 


Impressive event in Berlin : Campus Party Europe 

(24/08/2012)

Campus Party Berlin

Campus Party is the biggest electronic entertainment event in the world. It's a weeklong, 24-hours-a-day technology festival for thousands of “campuseros” - hackers, developers, gamers and geeks. Equipped with computers and other toys, they camp on-site and immerse themselves in a truly unique environment.

Since 1997, Campus Party has brought together the best young technical talent across Europe and Latin America to innovate, learn and engage with some of the biggest names in technology and science.

Join us August 21 to August 26 at Berlin's historic Tempelhof Airport to re-type Europe's source code and immerse yourself in a unique environment where workshops, hackathons, competitions and talks take place simultaneously.

https://www.campus-party.eu/2012/index.html


African Peering Interconnection Forum with Internet Society  

(24/08/2012)

AfPIFAfPIF aims to foster national and cross-border interconnection opportunities by providing a forum where key players from infrastructure and service providers, IXPs, regulators and policy makers can engage in a relaxed but business like environment, sharing their experiences and learning from experts in the field.

The Internet Society is committed to building on the success of the AfPIF premier events in 2010 and 2011 to provide more training and business opportunities for its attendees. AfPIF 2012 will provide a platform for open discussion and regional problem solving as well as focusing on social and business networking.  At AfPIF 2012, our conversation will focus on the regional infrastructure, content and policy issues that are critical components of transit deficits.  As a multi-stakeholder forum, the event will foster cross-border interconnection opportunities and address the issues and challenges of the regional Internet transit deficit.

http://www.internetsociety.org/afpif-2012/overview


Aandacht voor komende WCIT noodzakelijk !? 

(23/08/2012)

3 tot 14 december plant de International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Dubai (UAE) de World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), een veel besproken conferentie op internationaal vlak. Tijdens deze conferentie worden huidige regels van de telecommunicatie (International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs)) herbekeken en desgevallend ook aangepast. De laatste wijzigingen dateren van 1988, de periode waarin het Internet zich aan het vormen was. In de media hebben we van vele organisaties reeds reacties gezien. De schrik zit er goed in …

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De Tijd : Verslaafd aan elektronische cocaďne 

(18/08/2012)

Onder  de titel "Verslaafd aan elektronische cocaďne" heeft De Tijd vandaag 18/8/2012 opnieuw de aandacht getrokken op internetverslaving.
Als zelfs internetondernemers uit Silicon Valley beginnen te waarschuwen voor de manier waarop e-mail en sociale media razendsnel ons hele leven inpalmen, is het doembeeld van een internetverslaafde samenleving dichtbij. De zoektocht naar een gezonde balans in het digitale tijdperk is volop aan de gang.
Een quote van onze voorzitter is eveneens te vinden in het artikel dat te vinden is op de site van DeTijd of in de editie van het weekend.
In januari 2009 hebben wij reeds aandacht gevraagd voor dit fenomeen. Gezien er opnieuw aandacht is voor deze materie stellen wij onze vragenlijst open om toe te laten verdere metingen te kunnen doen. De vragenlijst is geheel anoniem.

Remembering Wendy Rickard 

(16/08/2012)

14 August 2012 : The Internet Society is deeply saddened at the passing of Wendy Rickard this week after losing an extended battle with cancer.

Wendy was a long-time contributor to the Internet Society and the Internet community. As part of her work with the Internet Society, Wendy initiated the OnTheInternet magazine (OTI) in 1996. OTI was published first in print and then online until 2001 and was one of the first periodicals that covered the broad range of technical, policy, and development topics relating to the Internet. She was the initial and long-time editor of the Internet Society Annual Report and contributed to many other Internet Society publications. She also served until very recently as the Associate Editor of the IETF Journal.

 


ICANN extends public comment period new gTLD's 

(11/08/2012)

ICANN has extended the public comment period for new generic top-level domains applications for an additional 45 days. The new end date is now 26 September 2012.

The new gTLD application comment period provides the public with an opportunity to have their views considered by evaluation panels as part of the application evaluations. The comment period opened on 13 June 2012 and will remain open for the entire application processing life cycle. The old timeline provided that only those comments received within the first 60 days, through 12 August 2012, were sure to be delivered to evaluators. We've now extended that period an additional 45 days.

http://www.icann.org/en/news/announcements/announcement-2-10aug12-en.htm


Internet Society Board of Trustees Elects New Chair 

(06/08/2012)

Internet Society Board of Trustees Elects New Chair
Three new Board members seated at Board Meeting, held 4-5 August in Vancouver.

[Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – 05 August 2012] – At its recent Board meeting, the Internet Society Board of Trustees elected a new Chair, Ms. Eva Frölich.  The Internet Society Board is comprised of leaders from across the globe, with diverse backgrounds spanning industry, academia, and the global Internet community.  The Board provides strategic direction in support of the organization’s mission to promote the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for everyone.

During the Board meeting, Ms. Frölich was elected as the Chair.  She is co-founder of Frobbit!, a registrar and hosting company, and has been actively involved in the Internet environment for more than 20 years. Ms. Frölich has served on the Internet Society Board since 2010 and served on the Public Interest Registry Board from 2004 – 2007.

“It is an honor to serve as Chair of this esteemed group of individuals who are extremely dedicated to this organization and its important mission,” said Ms. Frölich. “The Internet faces serious challenges that potentially threaten its open, global nature.  We are deeply concerned about these threats and are committed to working with our community of members and Chapters around the world to protect the Internet of today for the generations to follow.”

The Board also expressed its appreciation to outgoing Chairman Raúl Echeberría, who will continue to serve on the Board. Mr. Echeberría remarked, “It has been a great privilege to Chair this Board of Trustees and to work with my colleagues in support of the Internet Society’s vital work. I am proud of what we accomplished over the past three years, and I look forward to continuing to serve and supporting Eva as the new Chair.”  

The Internet Society Board of Trustees are elected or appointed by the following groups: Chapters, Organization members, and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The new Board members with three-year terms beginning this year are:

* Keith Davidson, International Director, InternetNZ

* David Farber, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University

* Rudi Vansnick, President of Internet Society Belgium

Full article : http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-board-trustees-elects-new-chair


New mission and tasks for Rudi Vansnick at global level. 

(06/08/2012)

During the Internet Society board meeting in Vancouver, the board of trustees have elected several functions within the board. The new chair, Ms Eva Frölich (Sweden), the first women ever, was elected for her first term. Furthermore the other seats are : President/CEO - Lynn St-Amour, Treasurer : Jason Livingood and Secretary : Scott Bradner. Those are part of the executive committee. (See also news item 6/8 ).

Rudi Vansnick, new elected member of the board of trustees has been elected during his first BoT meeting for two functions :

  1. ISOC's liaison to the IETF Nomcom 2012-2013
  2. chair of the Election Committee.

He is also part of the Audit Committee, chaired by Eric Burger.

"I will do my utmost to guarantee my colleague board members that I will be fully committed to the tasks given to me in the coming 12 months. I'm aware of the high level of responsible and the need of transparency and accountability that these functions require" says Rudi Vansnick. "I'm confident that my colleagues in the committee will assist me and be helpful in bringing these tasks to a very good end."

More details about the composition of this new board of trustees and the different committees is available on the website of Internet Society.


Pierre Ouedraogo receives 2012 Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 

(02/08/2012)

[Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 01 August 2012] -- The Internet Society today announced that its prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service
Award was presented to Pierre Ouedraogo for his exceptional contributions to the growth and vitality of the Internet in Africa.  The international award committee, comprised of former Jonathan B. Postel award winners, noted that Mr. Ouedraogo played a significant role in the growth of the Internet in Africa and demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to training young engineers and participating in regional Internet organizations.

Mr. Ouedraogo is the Director of Digital Francophonie at Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) based in Paris, France. Over the years, he has established networks of IT experts to coordinate African efforts to develop IT and use it as a tool for development. Mr. Ouedraogo initiated many IT technical workshops in Africa and is a founding member of numerous African regional organizations, including AfriNIC (the African Internet Registry for IP addresses); AfTLD (African Internet Top Level Domain Names Association); AFNOG (African network operators group); AfCERT (African CERT network), and AfrICANN (African network of participants to the ICANN process).

Link: http://www.internetsociety.org/news/pierre-ouedraogo-technical-leader-africa-receives-2012-jonathan-b-postel-service-award


Juniper Networks Renews Commitment to Internet Society 

(01/08/2012)

[Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland – 31 July 2012] – The Internet Society today announced that Juniper Networks has renewed its commitment as a Platinum Member to support the essential work of the Internet Society, a cause-driven organization that promotes the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of all people throughout the world.

Full article at http://www.internetsociety.org/news/juniper-networks-renews-commitment-internet-society


Open Internet Endowment 

(01/08/2012)

Building on the legacy of the Internet’s original pioneers and their fundamental commitments to openness, transparency, and collaboration, the Open Internet Endowment seeks to ensure that the Internet remains an open frontier that future innovators can continue to explore, expand, define, and develop responsibly for even greater social good.

The Open Internet Endowment provides sustainable funding for the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet. The Endowment supports:

  • Open standards initiatives through vital organizations such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
  • Other complementary initiatives that promote the health of the Internet in the future

Download the PDF version of the Open Internet Endowment case statement to find out more.


ISOC Belgium follows East African IGF  

(17/07/2012)

The 2012 East Africa Internet Governance Forum (EA-IGF) begins today. A live webcast from Nairobi is live now on the Internet Society Chapters Webcasting Channel. The 5th such annual event, the EA-IGF is a two day conference covering a wide range of Internet Governance issues issues including WCIT & ITRs, Consumer organization, E-Government, ICANN matters, Intermediary Liability, and the future of the Internet.

What: 2012 East Africa Internet Governance Forum (EA-IGF)
When: Tue/Wed July 17-18 2012 8am-4.30pm EAT | 0500-1330 UTC | 0100-0930 EDT
Where: Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi
Programme: http://www.eaigf.or.ke/files/5th_EAIGF_Programme_July_17_18_2012.pdf
Webcast: http://www.livestream.com/internetsocietychapters
Twitter: #eaigf


Observatoria obsessie van de overheid 

(16/07/2012)

Vandaag, 16/7, lezen we in Datanews het artikel "Akkoord over 'observatorium' voor internetbankieren" met toch wel enige emotie. In de voorbije jaren heeft ISOC Belgium meermaals gevraagd het slapende "Observatorium van de Rechten op het Internet" te hervormen teneinde een operationeel orgaan tot stand te brengen. De voorstellen werden door de voorganger van Vande Lanotte telkens weer in de lade opgeborgen. Nu zien we dat er enige aanzet is tot maar door een nieuw observatorium op te starten naast het bestaande lijkt het veeleer alsof de beslising om alles samen te brengen onder één noemer (we verwijzen hier naar de beslissing van het kabinet Vande Lanotte om één ombudsman op te richten) dan toch verloren gaat.

"Veel verder dan een vaag idee lijkt dat 'observatorium' momenteel nog niet te zijn." zoals we lezen in het artikel van Stefaan Grommen, laat ons toe om nog maar eens in onze pen te schieten en een voorstel uit te werken richting kabinet Vande Lanotte. Geen vakantie dus voor ons.


PIR Hits 10 Million .ORG Domain Registrations 

(12/07/2012)

Message from Lynn St. Amour, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Society:

Public Interest Registry recently announced a significant milestone with the registration of the 10 millionth .ORG domain name. On behalf of the Internet Society, I’d like to send our warmest congratulations to the PIR staff and Board on this remarkable achievement. Over the years, .ORG has provided a highly-respected and reliable online home for the not-for-profit community, as well as a broad spectrum of organizations, corporations, and individuals serving the public interest. PIR can boast many major accomplishments since it was started in 1984, and they are well-positioned for many more great achievements in the years ahead.

To read more about the announcement, visit http://www.pir.org/pr/2012/10million


Internet Society Welcomes Adoption of Resolution on Human Rights 

(09/07/2012)

[Geneva, Switzerland, 9 July 2012] -- The Internet Society welcomes the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Resolution on the “promotion, protection, and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet.” The Resolution affirms that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online, and recognizes the global and open Internet as a driving force for development. It also calls upon all States to promote and facilitate access to the Internet. The 20th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council was held in Geneva on 18 June – 6 July 2012.

The Resolution was put forward by Sweden and adopted by consensus.

Markus Kummer, Vice President of Public Policy at the Internet Society, commented, “We are grateful to Sweden and all the countries that supported this Resolution as it reaffirms the importance of the Internet as an enabler of the fundamental rights of every individual. The Human Rights Council has an important role to play in ensuring that its Member States allow their citizens to exercise their most basic rights, including the freedom to express themselves or associate peacefully online.”

In recent years, momentum has been building in the Council for the inclusion of the Internet as a legitimate space to take into account for the exercise of several human rights. The report by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression has made it clear that denying access to the Internet can be a violation of a fundamental human right.

Kummer remarked, “It is encouraging to see this formal endorsement of a rights-based approach for the Internet. There have been numerous examples of policies encouraging restrictions of Internet access without due regard to users’ ability to exercise some of their fundamental rights. The Internet has permeated all aspects of our lives, and this text reminds us that we cannot dissociate the international human rights regime and the rule of law from the widespread use of the open, decentralized, and global Internet.”

The Internet Society engaged in drafting sessions leading to the adoption of this new Resolution and suggested the inclusion of the notion of the “open Internet” in the text, which was subsequently included in the final document.

“The inclusion of the open and global nature of the Internet in this official UN Resolution is an acknowledgment of some of the key attributes that make the Internet successful,” said Lynn St. Amour, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Society. “We firmly believe that the open Internet model is organically linked to the exercise of Human Rights online. Thanks to its fundamental characteristics, the Internet has given a great boost to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly throughout the world. These characteristics must be preserved.”

Link to news release: http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-welcomes-adoption-resolution-human-rights-and-internet-20th-human-rights


Sociaaldemocraten stemmen tegen ACTA 

(04/07/2012)

EUROPESE SOCIAALDEMOCRATEN STEMMEN TEGEN ANTIPIRATERIJVERDRAG ACTA

Kathleen Van Brempt & Saďd El Khadraoui: “Verdrag is te vaag, bedreigt fundamentele vrijheden én wordt niet ondertekend door landen die namaak produceren”

De Europese sociaaldemocraten stemmen morgen tegen het omstreden antipiraterijverdrag ACTA. “Hoewel de doelstellingen van het Verdrag moeten ondersteund worden, met name de bescherming van intellectuele eigendomsrechten, is ACTA zo vaag opgesteld dat het allerlei interpretaties toelaat,” zeggen de sociaaldemocratische parlementsleden Kathleen van Brempt en Saďd El Khadraoui. “Die vaagheid is een bedreiging voor fundamentele rechten en vrijheden van de Europese burgers, zoals hun recht op privacy of de bescherming van hun persoonlijke gegevens. Bovendien hebben de landen die dit verdrag viseren, namelijk die landen waar het merendeel van de namaakproducten vandaan komen, het verdrag niet mee ondertekend.” Ondermeer om die redenen zullen de Europese sociaaldemocraten morgen in het Europees parlement het Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement verwerpen.”


The European Parliament has voted AGAINST the ACTA treaty. 

(04/07/2012)

Extract from European Parliament website :

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&reference=A7-2012-0204&language=EN&mode=XML

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the draft Council decision (12195/2011),

–   having regard to the draft Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Mexican States, the Kingdom of Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Singapore, the Swiss Confederation and the United States of America (12196/2011),

–   having regard to the request for consent submitted by the Council in accordance with Article 207(4) and Article 218(6), second subparagraph, point (a) (v), of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (C7-0027/2012),

–   having regard to Rules 81 and 90(7) of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the recommendation of the Committee on International Trade and the opinions of the Committee on Development, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs(A7-0204/2012),

1.  Declines to consent to conclusion of the agreement;

2.  Instructs its President to notify the Council that the agreement cannot be concluded;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States and of Australia, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Mexican States, the Kingdom of Morocco, New Zealand, the Republic of Singapore, the Swiss Confederation and the United States of America.


Internet Society Welcomes Incoming ICANN President and CEO, Fadi Chehadé 

(02/07/2012)

2 July 2012 -- The Internet Society today applauded the appointment of Fadi Chehadé as the incoming President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Mr. Chehadé was introduced to the ICANN community at their meeting last week in Prague, and will join ICANN by October 1, 2012.

Internet Society President and Chief Executive Officer Lynn St. Amour commented, "ICANN plays a vital role in the Internet ecosystem -- the collection of organizations and communities that help the Internet work and evolve, and that share a common vision for the open development of the Internet. We congratulate ICANN on its selection of Fadi Chehadé as its next leader.  His commitment to acting in the public's interest and his strong track record in consensus building are both essential to the multistakeholder approach that is foundational to the development of the Internet. We look forward to our continued collaboration with ICANN to ensure an open, global Internet."



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