I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it | Tim Berners-Lee | Technology | The Guardian

It has taken all of us to build the web we have, and now it is up to all of us to build the web we want – for everyone

Fuente: I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it | Tim Berners-Lee | Technology | The Guardian

Internet or Splinternet? by Joseph S. Nye – Project Syndicate

The Internet is a network of networks. Each of the separate networks belongs to different companies and organizations, and they rely on physical servers in different countries with varying laws and regulations. But without some common rules and norms, these networks cannot be linked effectively. Fragmentation – meaning the end of the Internet – is a real threat.

Fuente: Internet or Splinternet? by Joseph S. Nye – Project Syndicate

Don’t break crypto, go easy on the algorithms—global Internet commission | Ars Technica UK

Crypto backdoors, the overuse of opaque algorithms, turning companies into law enforcement agencies, and online attacks on critical infrastructure have all been attacked by the Global Commission on Internet Governance in a new report published on Wednesday.

Fuente: Don’t break crypto, go easy on the algorithms—global Internet commission | Ars Technica UK

We cannot afford another digital divide – FT.com

Cloud computing is one of the most important transformations of our time. Although when you think of it, you probably think of entertainment, gaming and messaging apps, it also has significant applications to health, education and development. But

Fuente: We cannot afford another digital divide – FT.com

Leave Facebook if you don't want to be snooped on, warns EU | Technology | The Guardian

Leave Facebook if you don’t want to be snooped on, warns EU | Technology | The Guardian.

European Commission admits Safe Harbour framework cannot ensure privacy of EU citizens’ data when sent to the US by American internet firms

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The Safe Harbour Framework that is meant to protect the data of EU citizens when sent to the US by American technology firms including Facebook are not adequate the European Commission has admitted. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s data.

The comments were made by EC attorney Bernhard Schima in a case brought by privacy campaigner Maximilian Schrems, looking at whether the data of EU citizens should be considered safe if sent to the US in a post-Snowden revelation landscape.

“You might consider closing your Facebook account, if you have one,” Schima told attorney general Yves Bot in a hearing of the case at the European court of justice in Luxembourg.

When asked directly, the commission could not confirm to the court that the Safe Harbour rules provide adequate protection of EU citizens’ data as it currently stands.

The US no longer qualifies

The case, dubbed “the Facebook data privacy case”, concerns the current Safe Harbour framework, which covers the transmission of EU citizens’ data across the Atlantic to the US. Without the framework, it is against EU law to transmit private data outside of the EU. The case collects complaints lodged against Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Microsoft-owned Skype and Yahoo.

Schrems maintains that companies operating inside the EU should not be allowed to transfer data to the US under Safe Harbour protections – which state that US data protection rules are adequate if information is passed by companies on a “self-certify” basis – because the US no longer qualifies for such a status.

The case argues that the US government’s Prism data collection programme, revealed by Edward Snowden in the NSA files, which sees EU citizens’ data held by US companies passed on to US intelligence agencies, breaches the EU’s Data Protection Directive “adequacy” standard for privacy protection, meaning that the Safe Harbour framework no longer applies.

The byzantine, meandering discussion on the future of the internet | Technology | theguardian.com

The byzantine, meandering discussion on the future of the internet | Technology | theguardian.com.

Is the centralised, monopolistic Icann truly capable of serving the domain name industry, while also trying to regulate it?

Icann Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Last week, nearly 3,500 people met in London to discuss management of the internet. Yet judging from the media coverage, it was less newsworthy than the arrival of an app called Yo. Apart from a flare-up from a French government minister at one point of proceedings (on protecting wine domains), the whole show went largely unnoticed.

The occasion was the 50th meeting – and the first in the UK – of Icann, the 16-year-old organisation that manages the internet’s centralised domain name and numbering system. Is that boring or what? Well, perhaps, but as the US TV talk-show host John Oliver said recently, on another vitally important but soporific-sounding topic – that of net neutrality – “if you want to do something evil, put it inside something that sounds incredibly boring …”

So what is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann)? It’s a private Californian company, established by the US government in 1998, which sits atop the lucrative domain name industry. (The one that allows you to register putinarainbow.com for an annual fee.) After the explosion in domain names this year from the original group of 22 (.net, .org, etc) to over 1,000 (.manythings), Icann’s annual revenue is soaring – close to $300m at last count.

The business of giving title to these digital landholdings has made Icann a plush operation – as evidenced by the slick event at the Hilton Metropole (complete with lavish free social programme). But all corporate beanfeasts are lavish. So what’s the problem?

Simply this: Icann isn’t a corporation competing with others for a share of its market. Instead, it’s a centralised, monopolistic, hardly accountable private organisation that exercises public authority and power. At the same time that it’s providing services to the domain name industry, it is also trying to regulate it. On top of that, it claims to be “dedicated to keeping the internet secure, stable and interoperable.” Think about that, and the realities of the surveilled internet, as you digest how Icann operates.

We know from history and economics that monopolies in private hands never act in the public interest. Icann, however, masterfully avoids this topic by appealing to amorphous, unenforceable notions of accountability to the “global community”; something they try to capture with the ugly term “multistakeholderism”.

The real problem with this poorly defined notion is that, in practice, it serves powerful incumbents and the centrally positioned US government, diffusing talk of any genuinely representative global alternative for policy-making and oversight. Participants in Icann, who still can’t quite believe their luck, will defend the model to the hilt, regardless of where it’s been and where it’s taking us.

NetMundial: el futuro de Internet no será televisado – ONG Derechos Digitales

NetMundial: el futuro de Internet no será televisado – ONG Derechos Digitales.

A pesar de que el documento final de NetMundial contiene deficiencias graves, indudablemente es un avance sustantivo para la discusión de políticas públicas relativas a la gobernanza de Internet.

lalalalaEntre el 23 y el 24 de abril se realizó en Sao Paulo NetMundial, un foro multisectorial de gobernanza de Internet

Las revelaciones de espionaje masivo realizadas por Edward Snowden provocaron efectos a distinto nivel. Mientras buena parte de los países de la región veían el asunto desde la tranquilidad que entrega la distancia y las relaciones comerciales con Estados Unidos, Alemania reaccionaba con dureza. Semanas después, luego de revelarse que la NSA1 también espiaba las comunicaciones del gigante petrolero estatal Petrobras, la presidenta Dilma Rousseff reaccionaba en las Naciones Unidas con un enérgico discurso, donde indicaba, entre otras cosas, la necesidad de establecer un marco civil global para la Internet que evite que este tipo de abusos vuelvan a ocurrir.

Es bajo esos antecedentes que la presidenta Rousseff, junto con el apoyo de ICANN, decide organizar, en conjunto con el CGI.br2 , el ambicioso encuentro denominado NetMundial en Sao Paulo, que, a través de un modelo multisectorial (con representantes de gobiernos, sector privado, academia y sociedad civil), pretendió llegar a acuerdos globales en torno a los principios que debieran gobernar Internet y, adicionalmente, generar un plan de desarrollo para la gobernanza de Internet del futuro.

La movida creó, de facto, una tercera vía para la denominada Internet governance, lejos de la tensión creciente entre el modelo multisectorial de ICANN y el multilateral de ITU por el control de la agenda global de Internet.

Dilma cargó contra el monopolio en Internet | SurySur

Dilma cargó contra el monopolio en Internet | SurySur.

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La cumbre NetMundial sobre la gobernanza de Internet comenzó ayer en San Pablo con un fuerte llamado a la regulación global de la red, críticas al espionaje de Estados Unidos y a su papel como controlador de facto de la web. La presidenta de Brasil, Dilma Rousseff, afirmó que ningún país debe monopolizar la gobernanza de la red, en una clara alusión a Washington. “Es importante la participación multilateral. La participación de los gobiernos debe ocurrir con igualdad entre sí, sin que un país tenga más peso que otros”, sostuvo la mandataria ante representantes de más de 80 países, así como de la sociedad civil y de empresas de Internet”.

Rousseff, víctima directa del espionaje estadounidense, saludó también el reciente anuncio de Washington, que cederá a una entidad de carácter multisectorial el control de la Icann –Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers–, la corporación internacional encargada de administrar el sistema mundial de nombres de dominio de Internet, manejada hasta ahora por el Departamento de Comercio estadounidense y con base en California.

Por razones históricas, Estados Unidos alberga los principales organismos que administran las direcciones, dominios, normas y protocolos de la web, lo que irrita desde hace años a varios gobiernos. Impulsora de esta cumbre mundial tras las revelaciones del analista Edward Snowden sobre la vigilancia de Estados Unidos a ciudadanos, empresas y a gobernantes, la presidenta brasileña insistió en que “para que Internet sea más democrática, necesita más presencia de los países en desarrollo” en su regulación. Rousseff ya había repudiado el espionaje estadounidense en la Asamblea General de la ONU en septiembre de 2013, cuando propuso un modelo multilateral de administración de Internet.

br marco civil internet1Al igual que otros países, como Alemania y México, Brasil, reaccionó con fuerza a las denuncias de que Washington espió a millones de brasileños, a la estatal Petrobras, así como a Rousseff y a sus asesores. A raíz de las revelaciones de Snowden, la presidenta incluso suspendió una visita de Estado a Washington programada para octubre pasado. Brasilia quiere convertirse en una voz líder en los cambios a la regulación de Internet como anfitriona de NetMundial, que culmina hoy, para debatir sobre el futuro de la red, que cumplió 25 años.

Un punto en el que Brasil hizo especial atención es el de la privacidad de los datos. “Debemos proteger la privacidad de los ciudadanos, las comunicaciones son inviolables. La ley establece reglas claras para retirar contenido, siempre garantizando la presencia de decisiones judiciales. El desarrollo de Internet no puede prescindir de un debate en el que participen los Estados”, explicó Rousseff.

La reunión de San Pablo tiene lugar justo cuando el Congreso de Brasil acaba de aprobar el proyecto del marco civil de la web, considerado una suerte de constitución de la red. Con un fuerte apoyo de los internautas, el proyecto tiene entre sus principales pilares las garantías a la libertad de expresión y comunicación, así como la protección de la privacidad del usuario y de sus datos personales. “Quiero felicitar a los senadores que fueron capaces de aprobar esta ley en un tiempo record. La norma fue construida con la participación de toda la sociedad brasileña”, expresó Rousseff durante su discurso en NetMundial.

Cumbre NetMundial apunta a una Internet de todos y sin control estadounidense – BioBioChile

Cumbre NetMundial apunta a una Internet de todos y sin control estadounidense – BioBioChile.


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Publicado por Víctor Schwencke | La Información es de Agencia AFP


Una internet alejada de la hegemonía de facto de Estados Unidos y gobernada de manera multilateral: a eso apunta la cumbre NetMundial de Sao Paulo que debate hasta este jueves el futuro de la web.

Por razones sobre todo históricas, Estados Unidos alberga los principales organismos que administran las direcciones, dominios, normas y protocolos de la web, lo que irrita desde hace años a varios gobiernos.

Por eso, desde la presidenta brasileña Dilma Rousseff, el vicepresidente de Google Vint Serf -uno de los creadores de internet- hasta representantes de la sociedad civil y de otros gobiernos, han insistido en la importancia de una gobernanza “multilateral” para fortalecer la legitimidad de la red.

Sobre todo después del escándalo de las revelaciones del ex agente de seguridad estadounidense Edward Snowden sobre el espionaje masivo llevado adelante por Estados Unidos.

“Nadie debería dudar sobre nuestro compromiso con una visión multilateral de la gobernanza de internet y nuestro apoyo a la NetMundial”, dijo el representante de Estados Unidos en la cita, el coordinador de Ciberseguridad de la Casa Blanca, Michael Daniel.

A way forward to effectively regulate the trade in surveillance technology | Privacy International

A way forward to effectively regulate the trade in surveillance technology | Privacy International.

The market for surveillance technologies has expanded so much in recent years that oversight has been totally unable to keep up, which has led to devastating consequences in the lives of human rights defenders in repressive regimes around the world.

According to a new study released today by Privacy International, the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, and Digitale Gesellschaft, international efforts to oversee the trade in surveillance technologies are out-dated and urgently need to be updated in order to keep up in the digital age. Ensuring that export regulations are fit for purpose is a vital part of an overall strategy to ensure the surveillance industry does not continue to trample upon human rights and facilitate internal repression.

Ineffective and outdated controls on these tools allow for authoritarian governments to acquire mass and intrusive spying in an uncontrolled market, enabling them to target political activists, silence opposition voices, suppress the media, and commit human rights abuses.

Go here to read the full report.

Uncontrolled Global Surveillance

The premise that export policies and export control systems should reflect the dangers related to the proliferation of surveillance technologies has been recognised by various national, regional, and international bodies. However, without an international agreement in place that commits states to ensuring companies operating within their jurisdiction do not sell surveillance technology to human rights abusers, current efforts to this end have been piecemeal and disparate.

The study, “Uncontrolled Global Surveillance: Updating Export Controls to the Digital Age”, looks at trade regulations related to surveillance technologies in the UK, US, and Germany, three countries with a large share of this market. It also details efforts made at EU level to control the trade in surveillance technologies, and provides an analysis of the key multilateral export control regime related to the industry – the Wassenaar Arrangement – and the implications of recent efforts by the forum to control surveillance technologies.

Exports controls by themselves will not fix the problem, nor should all surveillance technology be subjected to licensing requirements. Government regulation can have a negative impact on technology, innovation, and trade, as demonstrated by the “Crypto Wars” of the 1990’s. As a result, what is needed is targeted and careful policy analysis, with clear and carefully-crafted controls, as well as accompanied by regular updates and feedback loops allowing input from non-governmental sources.

The report is an invaluable source for understanding the current policy and regulatory landscape, and will prove instrumental for civil society, governments, and industry alike as they engage in this debate and explore or advocate for changes to existing regulations.

¿Qué es la gobernanza de Internet?: Explicación en video por @karismacol

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Desde la Fundación Karisma han preparado este video que busca explicar el sentido y las consecuencias de la gobernanza de Internet. Para lograr su objetivo, el video además explica el funcionamiento del Internet en términos sencillos, el nacimiento del concepto de gobernanza, las relaciones de poder detrás de la regulación de esta tecnología y las complejas interacciones entre la soberanía nacional y el desarrollo de Internet.