I got this email from Riccardo Moro and i forward to you. I plan to meet him before the workshop in Turin.
Keep in touch!
Maria Agnese Giraudoriccardo moro <riccardo.moro@...>
Data: Sun, 16 Sep 2007 09:28:21 +0300
Da: "riccardo moro" <riccardo.moro@...>
A: "Maria Agnese Giraudo" <mariaagnesegiraudo@...>
Oggetto: Fwd: [gta] URGENT: Is anyone from this group (or in associated groups) likely to be attending the Internet Governance Forum in Rio?
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From: riccardo moro <riccardo.moro@...>
Date: Sep 16, 2007 9:27 AM
Subject: Fwd: [gta] URGENT: Is anyone from this group (or in associated groups) likely to
be attending the Internet Governance Forum in Rio?
To: JJINGO STEPHEN <tendorich@... >, "martin.coss@..." <martin.coss@...>
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From: michael gurstein < gurstein@...>
Date: Sep 16, 2007 7:05 AM
Subject: [gta] URGENT: Is anyone from this group (or in associated groups) likely to be attending the Internet Governance Forum in Rio?
As most of
you know the major follow-on activity to the World Summit on
the Information Society (WSIS) is the Internet Governance Forum which
met last year in Athens and is meeting this year in Rio de Janeiro.
Civil society is a quite active player in this forum and has the
opportunity to nominate speakers for various of the sessions which will
I've been fairly vocal in arguing that those such as folks involved with
the Telecentre movement i.e. with grass roots experience and interests
should have a role to play in these discussions and I've now been roped
into being on the Civil Society (actually the CS Internet Governance
Caucus) nominating committee for CS participation in the forum.
A major problem and one that I and others have been complaining about
quite strenuously is that
there is NO funding for participation by CS in
What I'm asking is whether any of you folks (or people that you know as
Telecentre colleagues or collaborators) either will be attending the Rio
conference or could attend the Rio conference even in the absence of any
If there are such persons on this list or that you know of I need to
have an indication of your/their interest in participating more or less
immediately (the committee is meeting starting late tomorrow for two
days) to come up with a list of names to send forward to the IGF
If you do send an indication of interest please also include a brief
resume and if possible a statement of what areas would be of particular
interest/expertise for you to contribute on.
The subject matter areas on which sessions will be held are as follows:
Critical Internet Resources:
Starting point for the discussion is
the definition contained in the
WGIG report (Para 13 a):
"Issues relating to infrastructure and the management of critical
Internet resources, including administration of the domain name system
and Internet protocol addresses (IP addresses), administration of the
root server system, technical standards, peering and interconnection,
telecommunications infrastructure, including innovative and convergent
technologies, as well as multilingualization."
The session will use a baseline approach, taking into account WSIS
principles. The purpose of the discussion is to bring out information
There will be a balanced panel of five to seven experts, including the
major players, reflecting a range of views
- Special connectivity problems faced by Africa, land-locked,
island and least developed countries.
- Access challenges in
- Skills development, training and capacity building in the use of
- Low cost access solutions.
- Mobile and wireless access.
- International infrastructure reliability, connectivity policy
- Local and regional interconnection and cross-border regulation.
- Economic impact of access.
- Issues related to net neutrality.
- Building support and stimulating demand for locally developed
content. This includes content that is not commercially viable,
software support and the role of audio-visual communication.
- The role of open standards in promoting
- The involvement of language communities in developing
internationalized domain names (IDN) and in developing multi-lingual
content, including content in indigenous and minority languages.
- Technologies, policies, and capacity building to reduce
illiteracy and to provide access and accessible content for marginalized
and vulnerable groups of society, including older persons and persons
- Public policies concerned with user generated content.
- Freedom of expression and the role of governments to protect
- Protection of privacy and its relation to freedom of expression.
- The relationship between national regulations on freedom of
expression and the border-free
- The relationship between private enterprise, human rights, and
compliance with national law.
- The balance between citizens' rights, and the rights of IPR
- Innovative business models, made possible by the Internet, for
dealing with digital content and their application in development.
- Open source software, proprietary software and open standards.
- The challenges to access to information and knowledge and what
can be done to overcome them.
- Maximizing access to content.
- Security threats to countries, companies, and individuals as
users of the Internet and to the Internet itself
- The definition of security
threats, international security
cooperation, including such issues as cybercrime, cyber-terrorism and
- The relationship between national implementation and
- Cooperation across national boundaries, taking into account
different legal policies on privacy, combating crime and security.
- The role of all stakeholders in the implementation of security
measures, including security in relation to behaviour and uses.
- Security of internet resources.
- Authentication and identification
- Authentication and identification and their role in fostering
trust online and their relation to the protection of privacy.
- Challenges to privacy in a security
- Respecting freedom of expression.
- Privacy and identity.
- Privacy and development.
- Security issues related to the protection of children.
- Protecting children from abuse and exploitation in the online
- Emerging pervasive nature of the Internet in a political,
economic, and social context.
- Policy implication of rapid spread wireless and mobile Internet.
- Policy implications of user generated content.
- Implications of competition policy.
Michael Gurstein, Ph.D.
Centre for Community Informatics Research, Training and
Ste. 2101-989 Nelson St.
Vancouver BC CANADA v6z 2s1
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