[ffii] Internet Governance Forum a beacon of openness

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Fri Sep 17 21:33:10 CEST 2010

[ IGF / United Nations / Open]
Internet Governance Forum a beacon of openness

Berlin,  Sept 17th  2010 -- This week the 5th meeting of the Internet
Governance Forum (IGF 2010) took place in Vilnius. The United Nations
organised it as a multi-stakeholder dialogue on global internet governance
which inherited from the UN World Summit on the Information Society
(WSIS). The wide range of deliberations span from classical internet
governance topics such as IPv6 to open standards, accessibility, public
sector information, privacy, freedom of expression and other internet

In a broad variety of working groups the IGF participants echoed a call
for open standards and an open end-to-end internet safe from censorship.
On the European side many Members of the European Parliament for instance
Catherine Trautmann (S&D), Francisco Sosa Wagner (NI) and Amelia
Andersdotter (PP) conveyed their passionate attention to open internet

"Ten years ago technologists aimed to keep the Internet safe from unwise
regulatory interventions. Now they encourage public authorities to enforce
openness in the digital markets", explains André Rebentisch from the
Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure. "Likewise the IGF
transformed; from diplomatic debates on humanity and 'Digital Divide' into
a forum which attracts internet-savvy stakeholders."

A representative from Internet Society (ISOC) proposed to extend the open
and global multi-stakeholder approach of the IGF, its unique and sucessful
governance model, to other processes such as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade
Agreement negotiations. The ACTA addresses Internet Governance issues
along Camembert and is negotiated by a small coalition of supportive trade

The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure has been
participating as an non-governmental observer in the WSIS and IGF


UN Internet Governance Forum 2010 Vilnius

Text streams and recordings

European Parliament: Internet Governance - the next steps

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Benjamin Henrion
FFII Brussels
+32-484-56 61 09 (mobile)
bhenrion at ffii.org

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The FFII is a not-for-profit association registered in twenty European
countries, dedicated to the development of information goods for the  
public benefit, based on copyright, free competition, open standards. More
than 1000 members, 3,500 companies and 100,000 supporters have entrusted
the FFII to act as their voice in public policy questions concerning
exclusion rights (intellectual property) in data processing.

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