A growing number of countries want to change the way the Internet is controlled. Opponents claim it’s about greater government control. But just how serious is the threat?
Ever heard of the International Telecommunications Union? No? Well it’s a relatively obscure UN body which some countries are pushing to take greater control of the Internet (read China, Russia, Iran). The idea is to centralise governance.
Those opposed claim it’s about greater government control of the Internet, and they’ve launched a pre-emptive attack ahead of the ITU’s next meeting in December 2012. But just how serious is the threat? We take you to the first Australian Internet Governance Forum.
NOTE: The Australian Internet Governance Forum assisted Future Tense in travelling to the event. They had no role in editorial or content decisions relating to this program.
Chris Disspain, CEO of auDA, ICANN Board Director and member of the UN Secretary General’s Internet Governance Forum Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group.
Kurt Wimmer, Partner with Washington DC law firm Covington and Burling LLP and privacy and data security expert.
David Farrar, Chair, Internet New Zealand Public Policy Committee, political and technology commentator and Editor of Kiwiblog.
Iarla Flynn, Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Australia and New Zealand for Google.
Alastair MacGibbon, Director, Centre for Internet Security at the University of Canberra.
Roger Clarke, Chair, Australian Privacy Foundation
Australian Internet Governance 2012 Conference (http://www.igf.org.au/about-igf)
Foreign Policy article on the UN and the Internet (http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/08/08/the_united_nations_and_the_internet_it_s_complicated)
Guardian Newspaper article on Internet control (http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/oct/17/who-rules-internet)
International Telecommunications Union 2012 Dubai Conference (http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/default.aspx)
Kurt Wimmer’s profile (http://www.cov.com/kwimmer/)
Australian Domain Administration (http://www.auda.org.au/)
Canberra University’s Centre for Internet Security (http://www.canberra.edu.au/cis/)
Australian Privacy Foundation (http://www.privacy.org.au/)
Australian Attorney General statement on potential National Security Legislation reforms (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8_VHR_mtCQ&feature=youtu.be)