Chinese Govt. tells IGF: “We do not have [Internet] restrictions at all” & IGF Questions Balance of IPR in Cyberspace

By |October 31st, 2006|

The inaugural meeting of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) hosted lively discussion during today's "Openness" session, which focused on online freedom of expression, the free flow of information, and access to knowledge. During the session, a representative from the government of China had the audacity to tell a room of 800 IGF participants that China doesn't restrict access to websites. The audience hissed with disapproval upon hearing this massive bold-face lie and several people even shouted out "liar" in a number of languages. Read more and see video clips...

Sun to plug OpenDocument to Global Summit

By |October 31st, 2006|

Sun Microsystems Inc and like-minded organizations will promote the use of open standards, including the OpenDocument Format much feared by Microsoft Corp, at the Internet Governance Forum summit this week in Athens, Greece. The company, along with supporters including IP Justice and the Consumer Project on Technology, will urge governments to adopt procurement practices that recognize open technology standards as important, and forbid buying only proprietary technology.

UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Opens in Athens: IP Justice Sponsors 3 Workshops on Internet Policy Issues

By |October 29th, 2006|

The inaugural meeting of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) takes place in Athens, Greece from 30 October – 2 November 2006. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has convened the forum to build multi-stakeholder dialogue on Internet policy issues. Over 1500 participants from around the world are expected to attend the forum to identify emerging issues and make recommendations intended to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet. In May 2006, Annan appointed IP Justice Executive Director Robin Gross to the IGF Advisory Group to help shape the policy dialogue. “The IGF was created out of recognition that the Internet has connected the world’s people together like never before, and we must work together to build an Internet that fosters a free flow of information, innovation and development for all,” said Robin Gross. Together with a number of other NGOs, industry and governments, IP Justice is co-sponsoring three workshops at IGF on the topics of “An Internet Bill of Rights”, “Access to Knowledge and Freedom of Expression” and “Open Standards”. Details on the 3 workshops are below....

2 Privacy Workshops at IGF to Explore Security, Privacy & Globalization

By |October 22nd, 2006|

Take a look at these two privacy workshops to be held at the Internet Governance Forum in Athens on 31 October 2006. i) "Privacy and Identity Matters" Chaired by Gus Hosein of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and, ii) "Privacy, Development, and Globalisation" Chaired by Ralf Bendrath of the University of Bremen and WSIS Privacy & Security Working Group. Read more.

NCUC Contribution to IGF on ICANN Whois Privacy Issue

By |August 2nd, 2006|

Contribution Memorandum: Privacy Implications of WHOIS Database Policy
Submitted to the Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum by the ICANN Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) For IGF Greece 2006, Athens, 30 October – 2 November, 2006
The Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) is the part of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that represents the interests […]

IP Justice Submission to the IGF: Realizing the Internet’s Promise for Universal Access to Knowledge and Development

By |August 2nd, 2006|

- Internet’s open and free nature are key to accessing knowledge and development - Internet Governance Policies and Intellectual Property Rights - IP Justice Recommendations for an Internet Governance Forum Discussion to Promote the Internet as a Tool for Access to Knowledge and Development: 1. Preserve Openness of Internet and Free Flow of Information: - Build Freedom of Expression Values into Laws & Architectures - Critical Online Speech Censored by Copyright and Trademark -“Digital Locks” Control Flow of Information and Threaten Interoperability - Preserve Interoperability with Open and Free Technical Standards - Governments Adopt Open Document Formats - Encourage Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Development 2. Grow the Online Information Commons: - Recognize Internet as Valuable Tool for Access to Knowledge - Protect and Value Public Domain - Database Rights Restrict Free Flow of Information on Internet - Provide Online Access to Publicly Funded Research - Recognize Social Value of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Software 3. Build Respect for Civil Liberties into IPR Laws and Procedures Addressing Online Behavior - ICANN’s Whois Policy Must Conform with Privacy Laws - US DMCA “Notice and Take-Down” Provisions Should Comply with Due Process Conclusion: IGF Should Address Relationship Between Intellectual Property Rights, Free Expression, and Access to Knowledge

IP Justice Call for Participation at IGF

By |July 1st, 2006|

IP Justice Call for Participation at
UN Internet Governance Forum:
2 Aug Deadline for Contribution to IGF “Synthesis Papers” 24 Aug Deadline for Athens Workshop Proposals

Deadline extended until 2 August for written contributions

The 30 Oct. – 2 Nov. 2006 inaugural meeting of United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Athens, Greece provides plenty of opportunity for […]

IP Justice statement at the open consultations of the UN Internet Governance Forum

By |May 19th, 2006|

1. Freedom of Expression 2. Privacy Rights 3. Balanced Intellectual Property Rights 4. Development Agenda for Internet Governance 5. Access to Knowledge

IP Justice Recommendations to IGF

By |March 31st, 2006|


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