Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2013
The eighth annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will take place in Bali, Indonesia, from October 22-25, 2012. Convened under the auspices of the UN, the IGF is a forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue covering a wide range of issues, including access, diversity, freedom of expression, privacy, development, national security and surveillance, technical standards, and Internet governance processes. This page compiles information about CDT staff participation at IGF as well as recent CDT projects and resources that may be of interest to IGF participants.
|BestBits pre-event, Day 1||Saturday, 19 October||Matthew co-facilitating afternoon session on The ITU and the WSIS+10 Process|
|BestBits pre-event, Day 2||Sunday, 20 October||Emma presenting on developments in US surveillance revelations|
|High-Level Leaders Meeting on Cyber-Ethics||Monday, 21 October|
|Workshop: Addressing Impacts & Remedies of Network Shutdowns||Tuesday, 22 October||Emma is a panelist [link: Network Shutdowns paper][visual]|
|Focus Session: Principles of Multistakeholder Cooperation||Wednesday, 23 October||Matthew co-moderating|
|Flash Session: State Surveillance Online: Which Safeguards and Principles?||Wednesday, 23 October||Emma - speaker|
|Workshop: The Technical Community Role in Global Internet Governance||Thursday, 24 October||Matthew - panelist|
|Dynamic Coalition on Network Neutrality||Friday, 25 October||Emma - panelist [Net Neutrality and Human Rights]|
"Cybersecurity" is an umbrella concept that covers a diverse range of threats and possible responses. Cybersecurity policy can affect privacy, free expression, innovation, and the open flow of information. This paper provides a starting point for developing targeted, effective, and rights-protecting policies by unpacking the range of issues often covered under "cybersecurity" and discussing the responses that may be put in place.
This paper explores how discriminatory treatment of Internet traffic by access providers threatens Internet users’ ability to seek, receive, and impart information of their own choosing, and the ability of entrepreneurs around the world to launch new services that in turn can advance human rights. Fully protecting human rights online requires rules to prevent access providers from taking actions that may interfere with users’ enjoyment of rights.
CDT joined other civil society organizations on this set of recommendations for establishing sustainable and effective multi-stakeholder participation in ICT policy processes in Africa.
The central question to many Internet policy debates is whether Internet intermediaries such as ISPs, content hosts, and search engines should bear legal liability for or obligations to police third-party content. This paper examines various approaches to intermediary liability and argues that limiting such obligations and protecting intermediaries from liability for third-party content is essential for expanding the space for online expression, encouraging innovation in the development of new services, and increasing opportunities for local content, thereby supporting development of the information society.
This report lays out a broad policy framework, rooted in human rights norms, for advancing free expression in the digital age. It also surveys current jurisprudence under major international and regional human rights instruments around how the right to free expression has been and should be applied to the Internet.