Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Nations Must Step Up to Set Global Rules for Internet Governance, Conference Told

Pilieci, Vito. "Nations Must Step Up to Set Global Rules for Internet Governance, Conference Told.", February 27, 2012.

From the article: "While they couldn't agree on how it should be done, all of the speakers at Monday's 2012 Canadian Internet Forum agreed that government needs to take a more active role in Internet governance. The Ottawa event, held annually by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), brought together more than 250 people from government, law enforcement agencies and the technical sector to discuss a smorgasbord of issues affecting Canadians' access to the Internet.

Bertrand de La Chapelle, a member of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), called on governments to set global ground rules for Internet governance. Governments around the world are trying to set rules and regulations governing Internet practices within their own countries, but La Chapelle says go-it-alone policies are largely useless. "If I am a French guy travelling in Brazil and post something defamatory about a British guy over Twitter, what is the process for handling that?" he asked. "The Internet is being governed by geographical boundaries. The more the Internet grows, the more it is successful, the more we need common rules."  Read more