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Canadian Multistakeholder Process: Enhancing IoT Security Final Outcomes and Recommendations Report Released 

On May 28th, the Enhancing IoT Security Final Outcomes and Recommendations Report was officially launched during President and CEO, Andrew Sullivan’s, speech at Digital Access Day. The report is the culmination of a year-long multistakeholder process to secure the Internet of Things in Canada. As a result of this work, an Implementation Working Group has been formed to carry out the recommendations and the Canadian Government is now participating in the global IoT Security Policy Platform where it will continue to champion the multistakeholder process and share best practices for IoT security. 

Net Neutrality Experts’ Roundtable Series: Process Report and Participant Principles Released

On May 29th, the North American Bureau released the final process report from the Net Neutrality Experts’ Roundtable Series as well as theprinciples created by experts during the series. The process report outlines the need for a sustainable net neutrality policy in the United States, the importance of using a collaborative model for policymaking, and details about the Net Neutrality Experts’ Roundtable Series. The experts’ principles address the following aspects of net neutrality legislation: general principles; rules, standards, and definitions; scope; institutional attributes; statutory authority over the Internet; enforcement and authority.

Internet Society Signs Open Letter Opposing GCHQ Ghost Proposal For Weakening Encrypted Communications.

On May 30, the Internet Society joined 46 organizations, companies, and security experts in a letter calling on the  UK General Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to abandon the ghost proposal and avoid any alternate approaches that would similarly threaten digital security and human rights. The ghost proposal would add a silent (or ghost) user to end-to-end encrypted messaging services, such as WhatsApp, and allow the government to listen in to ongoing encrypted conversations secretly for law enforcement or national security purposes. Like other lawful access proposals, GCHQ’s ghost proposal would put users, the economy, the services we depend on and the Internet itself at greater risk to security threats. See our statement on the letter here.

3rd Face-to-Face MAG meeting, Berlin, Germany, June 5-7 2019

The third face-to-face 2019 Open Consultations and MAG Meeting took place on 5-7 June 2019 in Berlin, Germany.  The list of approved Workshops for the annual meeting is expected to go out in early-mid June. A preliminary list of submitted proposals is available here. Raquel Gatto, Senior Policy Advisor attended the meeting in her role as a MAG Member. 

UNIDIR Cyberstability Conference, United Nations, New York, June 6, 2019

The annual United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) Cyber Stability Conference was held on June 6 at the UN Headquarters in New York. This year the conference focused on “Strengthening Global Engagement” within the context of the two Cybersecurity Processes that get underway this year in the UN – Open-Ended Working Group OEWG and the 6th UN Group of Governmental Experts GGE. Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer, participated in the event.

Bahamas ICT Roadshow, Bahamas, 3 June 2019

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority of the Bahamas in collaboration with ARIN, ICANN and the Internet Society hosted an ICT Roadshow Nassau. The theme for this event was “Strengthening the Local Internet – Security, Resilience, Convergence; the event includes the  ICANN LAC-i Roadshow, and ARIN in the Caribbean. Shernon Osepa participated in the event.

Global Resilient Infrastructure Forum, Bogota, 4-6 June 2019

The 2nd Resilient Infrastructure Forum (RIF) for Latin America, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico took place in Bogota, Colombia on the 4th – 6th June 2019, with the annual theme ‘Towards A Safer Urban Future’.

Shernon Osepa spoke in a panel related to Natural Disaster Mitigation. More information can be found here.

Forum Europe Future of Internet Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 6 June 2019

The Future of Internet Conference  gathers European and international stakeholders to assess what the future of our digital societies may look like, focus on the advanced technologies that will act as game changers and the convergence between these, while debating the immediate and longer term policy priorities for Europe’s future digital strategy. Ceren Unal, Regional Policy Manager-Europe participated in the event.

G20 Digital and Trade Ministerial meeting, Tsukuba, Japan, 8-9 June 2019 

The G20 Digital Economy and Trade Ministerial meeting held in Japan has released anoutcome document that recognizes the importance of the collaborative approach to digital security challenges (eg IoT Security) and endorses the recent developed OECD AI principles. As expected, it also raises the need for further work  to enable free data flow of data across borders based on trust. Together with our APAC Bureau team, the  Japan ISOC Chapter and local partners, we will keep following the digital agenda up to the G20 Leaders Summit (24-27 June) but there is a low risk it will bring any controversial issue.  

Internet Governance Training Workshop, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 10-12 June 2019

Co-organised with the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity, the APAC Bureau conducted a two-day workshop on Internet governance for Government of Myanmar officials.

Youth7 Summit 10-13 June 2019, Paris, France

The Youth 7 Summit took place in Paris under the Honorable Patronage of Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic. From June 9th to 14th, delegates from the G7 countries, the European Union, and the African Union gathered for a week of negotiations. Their goal was to prepare a call to action with recommendations to the G7 Heads of State and Government. Since the Internet Society is a sponsor ofOpen Diplomacy (Y7 organiser), Constance Bommelaer, Alejandra Prieto and Lucien Castex (French Chapter) participated as speakers at the “Tech Matters for Inequalities” conference; as experts of the working groups on Technology, Gender and Climate; as VIP participants to the Ministerial Conference with Bruno Le Maire (French Minister of Economy and Finance) and the “Fairness at all” event with the president of the Assemblée Nationale. 

RightsCon 11-14 June 2019, Tunis, Tunisia

RightsCon 2019 was held between 11-14 June 2019 in Tunis, Tunisia. RightsCon is the premier event dealing with human rights in the digital age that brings together global leaders and human rights advocates from around the world. Sally Wentworth, Vice President for Global Policy Development, Verengai Mabika, Regional Policy Manager for Africa and Mat Ford, Technology Policy Manager, represented the Internet Society at this event. 

The 2019 CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust and Report were released. 

On 13 June, the Internet Society and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) released the joint report, The State of User Privacy and Trust Online, which highlights the trends in user perceptions of online privacy, security and Internet trust over five years of results from the CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust (“the Survey”). The Survey is carried out yearly by Ipsos on behalf of CIGI in partnership with the Internet Society and The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

How Regulation Could Break the Internet: In Conversation with Andrew Sullivan, Chatham House, 19 June, London, UK

This event discussed current practices in internet-related regulation and the related challenges. Specifically it focused on how to enforce regulations that achieve their intended purpose while at the same time protecting the Internet’s core infrastructure and its properties, including its openness, interoperability and global reach. 

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EuroDIG 19-20 June, the Hague, Netherlands

The European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) 2019 is organized under the theme “Cooperation in the Digital Age”, focusing on highlighting the opportunities of multi-stakeholder processes. Internet Society is an institutional partner for the event. Full programmeavailable here, event will be live streamed.

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