NCUC Proposes Amendments to Protect Free Expression in Domain Name Policy at ICANN

By |June 2nd, 2007|

ICANN's Non-Commercial User's Constituency (NCUC) introduced 5 proposals to amend the draft GNSO recommendations for a policy to introduce new generic top-level domains (gtlds). NCUC's amendments are intended to provide some recognition of respect for freedom of expression rights in the GNSO recommendations. NCUC proposes that ICANN keep the core neutral of national, regional, moral, and religious policy conflicts. The current draft GNSO recommendations would not permit a controversial or offensive word to be included in a top-level Internet domain name and would expand the rights of trademark owners on the Internet.

Drivers of Change in Internet Governance – Slides from Freedom of Expression on the Internet Event in Buenos Aries

By |May 18th, 2007|

‘Freedom of Expression Online’ Contribution to IGF 2007 Meeting Plans

By |May 14th, 2007|

"A broadly recognized right to freedom of expression and communication is guaranteed in many of the major international treaties dealing with civil liberties. Many of these treaties are legally binding on countries and many recognize the need for freedom of expression “in any medium”, foreshadowing the battles of the digital environment. Freedom of expression rights should not be devalued on the Internet and individuals must retain their existing rights to communicate in the new online environment. ...

Joint Statement from NGOs and Tech Industry to US Delegation at WIPO on Broadcast Treaty

By |May 8th, 2007|

Statement Concerning WIPO Broadcast Treaty Provided by Information Technology, Consumer Electronics and Telecommunications Industries Representatives, Public Interest Organizations, and Creative Community Representatives: The undersigned represent a broad and diverse group, united in common concern that the WIPO Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasts and Broadcasting Organizations could harm important economic and public policy interests. Members of this group submitted a statement in connection with a forum held at the USPTO on September 5, 2006, and the issues identified in that earlier statement largely remain relevant. This Statement dated May 9, 2007 offers preliminary comments regarding the Chair’s “Non-paper on the WIPO Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations” issued by WIPO on May 1, 2007. .....

Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Summit in Rio de Janeiro 12-15 Nov 2007

By |May 1st, 2007|

Click on above title for info on the 12-15 November 2007 IGF meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Latin America Workshop: Challenges and Opportunities for Freedom of Expression in Networked Communications Environment

By |April 30th, 2007|

Click above title for more info on 8-10 May 2007 workshop in Buenos Aries, Argentina.

Information Society Watch

By |April 10th, 2007|

A Southern Lens on the Information Society. The Information Society Watch (ISW) captures information society issues in the context of development needs of the South. It is intended for developing learning and knowledge-sharing platforms to help build perspectives for analysis, advocacy and action.

Joint Statement from Civil Society Groups on WIPO Broadcasting Treaty [PDF format]

By |May 1st, 2006|

Civil Society Rejects Official WSIS Declaration of Principles: Publishes Own Declaration to Protect Civil Liberties in Information Society

By |December 21st, 2003|

IP Justice Report from Phase I of the World Summit on the Information Society

By |December 21st, 2003|