Nov 01

Welcoming Remarks: Aspen IDEA plenary meeting, Washington, D.C.

Aspen IDEA Chairman Reed Hundt kicks off the fourth and final plenary session today:

The goal of the forum was to dedicate two years to a multistakeholder process intended to design a strong governance system that would ensure a single global Internet, a single global digital economy. Specifically, we wanted to help the Internet wrap around the world a common medium through which economic and human rights would be securely, fairly, openly, freely exercised.  Then we went to foundations to obtain the funding for multiple plenaries, which eventually were held in Washington, Los Angeles, Brussels, and now back here for the concluding meeting. These plenaries were snowballs that kept growing, as we added numerous European firms and NGOs from other continents to our forum.

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Sep 01

The Chongqing Censorship-Free Cloud Development Zone

China’s First Internet Governance Special Administrative Region (SAR)

By: Melanie Hart

The Chongqing municipal government is building a cloud development zone that reportedly will be completely disconnected from China’s national network and China’s great censorship firewall.  The ‘International Offshore Cloud Computing Special Administrative Region (SAR)’ is designed to attract off-shore data processing centers.  It will be located in Chongqing’s Liang Jiang Special Development Zone, and it will connect directly to the international network via a special optical cable that will run through Dalian or Shanghai. 

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says modern states should not restrict Internet freedoms

Putin makes it clear that the government is capable of limiting internet freedoms but suggests that it would be morally wrong do to so. Read more here

Aug 30

BART Cuts Cell Service—Is it Legal?

Public interest groups are questioning the legality of the decision by the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) to shut down wireless services at four stations to help dispel a ‘flash’ protest. The FCC has been asked to look into the issue.   Read more about the situation in the Bay Area and the Petition for Declaratory Ruling at the FCC.

Aug 17

Do Americans have a basic right to digital free speech or to digitally organized assembly?

This thought provoking article calls into question the role of government in maintaining order among the people. Where do we draw the line between preserving our inalienable rights and ensuring safety of our citizenry? 

Aug 12

Instead of cutting off social media, engage in our IDEA

The news is that Prime Minister Cameron is considering curtailing social media, including Facebook and Twitter, in response to rioting in London and other cities. It’s a shock to think that he might unwittingly want to be compared to the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt. However, perhaps we can constructively consider the PM’s impulse — which runs contrary to Secretary of State’s diplomatic agenda for authoritarian countries, of which the U.K. clearly isn’t one — as still another indicator of the need for our IDEA forum to develop in a multi-stakeholder process ways to anticipate and plan coordinated responses to social upheaval.

To read more about the responses to the Prime Minister’s statements, click here, and here.

Jul 18

Worth a read

Ambassador Karen Kornbluh and Daniel J. Weitzner published a great piece last week in the Washington Post on the Foreign Policy of the Internet, which I highly recommend. Another interesting read, French Policy-Making Approach Inconsistent with OECD Principles, by Anne-Claire Jamart and Emma Llanso, also came out last week. 

Jul 12

Two decades of the web

The internet is constantly changing along with the way we interact with the net. See the article below and post your comments here:

Jul 01

The Internet Economy: Generating Innovation and Growth

IDEA Chairman Reed Hundt speech gave a speech at the June 29, 2011 OECD High Level Meeting entitled “The Internet Economy: Generating Innovation and Growth”, in Paris, France.  The aim of the High Level meeting was to reach a consensus on how best to ensure the continued growth and innovation of the Internet economy.

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A New Principle of International Law: The Internet Is a Common Medium

Aspen IDEA Project Chairman Reed Hundt published an op-ed today: 

The Internet should have no borders. So did Secretary of State Clinton in effect declare in a major speech on February 15. This is the most dramatic and far-reaching linkage of information technology and statecraft in history. It is an extension, and a fulfillment, of the original vision of the Internet as a force for eradicating poverty and spreading democracy.

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