The Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet), in co-operation with the Research ICT Africa (RIA), is seeking submissions of research about Internet Governance to be presented at the Sixth GigaNet Annual Symposium, held on 26 September 2011, one day before the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Nairobi, Kenya.
The G8’s top-down intrusion into the field of Internet governance is drawing a growing chorus of protest from civil society actors. A significant number of digital rights and civil liberties groups are upset with the attempt of the French President to hold an “e-G8 Forum” on global Internet policy. There are good reasons for this concern.
Last week Dutch Telecom giant KPN held its shareholder meeting at the Mayfair Hotel in London. All four hours of the presentation are viewable online here along with the slides used. Those who watch can see a startling revelation about the use of deep packet inspection (DPI) by a mobile operator.
One of the highlights of the GigaNet event in Washington yesterday was U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Lawrence Strickling’s speech. Strickling’s comments were forthright, as usual, and clearly indicated the direction of U.S. policy on issues such as the IGF, ICANN and the IANA contract. They did not always advance convincing reasons for that direction, however.