Geneva Digital Watch Newsletter - Issue 5, November 2015

Read or download Geneva Digital Watch: Issue 5, November 2015.

The highlights of the latest issue, in addition to the IG Barometer and Geneva Digital Developments, include:

  • The CJEU ruled on Safe Harbor and data protection: The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) declared the Commission’s Safe Harbor Decision invalid (Max Schrems case, 6 October), striking down a long-standing agreement for the transfer of personal data from Europe to the USA. In another ruling (Weltimmo case, 1 October), the CJEU ruled that companies operating in a country, even if they are headquartered elsewhere, can be held accountable by the data protection authority in that country.
  • WSIS+10 developments: An analysis of the Zero Draft shows that new digital policy areas were introduced in the document for the first time, while a number of key elements of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) vision from the Tunis and Geneva phases were reaffirmed. Meanwhile, intense debates took place during the WSIS+10 Second Preparatory Meeting in New York. Discussions centred on the continuation of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a possible legal framework on Internet governance, multistakeholder vs multilateralism, human rights, cybersecurity, and more.
  • IANA transition and ICANN54: Major developments took place during the 54th meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN54) in Dublin. The Cross Community Working Group on Enhancing ICANN Accountability (CCWG-Accountability) - a group tasked with delivering proposals that would enhance ICANN’s accountability - developed a new approach to consensus-based decision-making, which paves the way for more positive collaboration between the community and the ICANN Board. Meanwhile, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) - entrusted with developing the transition proposal - has concluded its work, with only one outstanding item related to accountability requirements.
  • The IPU adopted a resolution on privacy and individual freedoms: The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has adopted a resolution on Democracy in the Digital Era and the Threat to Privacy and Individual Freedoms, emphasising specific principles which are relevant for privacy, freedom of expression, and a free Internet.
  • Don't miss the interview with OFCOM's Thomas Schneider, a Swiss cyber-diplomat and the Chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), who has been in the middle of the complex negotiations about the future arrangement for ICANN. He provides us with his views about the IANA transition and overall global digital policy.
  • Just for fun: What do the stars say about the future of the IGF?
  • Coming soon: Just-in-time reporting from the 10th Internet Governance Forum (IGF), to be held 10-13 November in Brazil, will be provided by DiploFoundation in co-operation with the Internet Society (ISOC) and its ambassadors at the IGF, complementing the dynamic updates offered through GIP Digital Watch . The format, layout, and timing of the outputs are adjusted to the typical time-dynamics of the IGF participants. A full IGF summary report will be published on Monday morning, 16th November. 

Read or download the complete Geneva Digital Watch: Issue 5, November 2015.

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