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Internet governance developments in February

Though not as eventful and as dynamic as January, a few major events in February increased the pressure on policy areas like net neutrality, cybersecurity, and the IANA stewardship transition, as February’s IG barometer showed.

A useful tool to track the presence of specific issues in the public policy debate in comparison to the previous month, the barometer also revealed periods of low pressure for online privacy and data protection, updates to the global IG architecture, and jurisdiction issues.

Governance of Online Intermediaries: New Study by NoC

The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University have published a new report which examines the rapidly changing landscape of online intermediary liability at the intersection of law, technology, norms, and markets, and is aimed at informing and improving Internet policy-making globally. Governance of Online Intermediaries, a first output of a larger initiative, consists of a case study series exploring online intermediary liability frameworks and issues in Brazil, the European Union, India, South Korea, the United States, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam, and a synthesis paper that seeks to distill key observations and provide a high-level analysis of some of the structural elements that characterise varying governance frameworks.

Internet governance forecast for 2015: Unsettled weather, fresh winds, stormy at times

Unsettled weather, with fresh winds, and storms at times, sums up the forecast for Internet governance (IG) in 2015, according to Diplo’s director Dr Jovan Kurbalija, speaking during Tuesday’s ‘crystal ball’ exercise (on 27 January 2015) – an annual event to discuss IG predictions for the year ahead. The discussion gathered over 80 participants online and in situ from Geneva. Read the full text for 2015 predictions, and digital policy updates for January.

Report: Cybersecurity - A Strategic View

On 15 January 2015, the Geneva Internet Platform hosted the first in a possible series of Cybersecurity Days, organised in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN, DiploFoundation, DCAF (Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces), GCSP (Geneva Centre for Security Policy), ICT4Peace, and the University of Geneva. The Geneva Cybersecurity Days should increase awareness and further develop a global response to cybersecurity challenges along the lines of the Geneva Message on Strengthening Internet Governance. The event report details the proceedings of the event, and the speeches and presentations made by the event speakers.

NoC Internet Governance Research Project: Case Studies

NoC Internet Governance Research Project: Case Studies is an academic research pilot project which presents case studies on multistakeholder governance groups. The research has been undertaken by the Global Network of Internet & Society Research Centers (NoC) and facilitated by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. At a point where the future of Internet governance is being re-envisioned, the 12 case studies examine a geographically and topically diverse set of local, national, and international governance models, components, and mechanisms from within and outside of the sphere of Internet governance. Key findings are summarised in a synthesis paper, which aims to deepen our understanding of the formation, operation, and critical success factors of governance groups and even challenge conventional thinking.

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