Posts tagged “E-G8”

Inside the US-Anglo-French plan to civilize the Internet

Source: Nate Anderson, Ars Technica

Get ready for international Internet regulation; top leaders from the US, UK, and France are making increasingly public statements about their plans to draft new rules that will make the ‘Net more secure and will crack down on copyright infringers.

Such discussions have been ongoing for years, but in dilatory and fragmented fashion. Hague now wants to formalize and accelerate the discussions—”we need to get the ball rolling faster!”

The goal is nothing less than “to discuss norms of acceptable behaviour in cyber-space” and “bringing countries together to explore mechanisms for giving such standards real political and diplomatic weight.”

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UN Report on Freedom of Expression Bashes G8, ACTA, Hadopi.

A report on Internet policy by the UN Special Rapporteur on the protection of freedom of opinion and expression will be presented today. The report’s guidelines aimed at protecting fundamental freedoms clash radically with the course set by governments of the G8. This report will be essential to help citizens hold their governments accountable for policies undermining online freedoms.

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Re-cap of the e-G8

This week the G8’s French presidency hosted the first e-G8 summit which brought digital leaders to the table with the G8 leaders where they discussed the future of the Web (see last week’s IWM blogpost where we laid out civil society concerns leading up to the summit). Plenary topics included “The Internet & Economic Growth,” “The Internet & Society,” “Future Net: What’s Next?” and “Intellectual Property and the Culture Economy in the Digital Age,” Fostering Innovation:How to build the future,” and “Digital Transformation: Reinventing traditional businesses,” followed by a number of workshops.

The e-G8 can be summarized by intra-government differences, intra-industry differences, and deep divisions between governments and industry. This is reflected in the final G8 Deauville communiquewhere as Reuters points out—the section on the Internet failed to produce any specific and concrete proposals for policies.

Activists Warn G-8 Against Web Restrictions

PARIS (AP) — Internet activists and digital entrepreneurs warned Wednesday that if global leaders attempt to limit access to the Web, their restrictions will be bypassed and they will become irrelevant.
The stark message adds to growing resistance – from big name companies like Google and Twitter to anonymous Internet vigilantes who have attacked government censorship networks – against creeping laws that might one day restrict services many users now take for granted.

Leaders of the Group of Eight most powerful countries begin meeting in France on Thursday to discuss issues of global concern in the wake of the Arab uprising that have been described as the first Internet-enabled revolutions.

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