IGF 2021 Workshop Selection Results

The following is the result of the workshop evaluation and selection process conducted by the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) for the 2021 IGF process and its 16th annual meeting. In light of community feedback requesting a more substantively focused programme, in addition to individual workshop proposal scores, the MAG’s selection process this year looked at proposals’ cohesion […]


Now is the Moment for Broadband for All

High Tech Policy Francine Katsoudas 91% of local government leaders consider internet access critical to economic growth.—U.S. Municipal Infrastructure Index The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated many of this country’s preexisting inequalities, especially for the more than 20 million rural Americans without access to reliable broadband internet.  Students in communities across America were left behind during remote […]


Fight for control threatens to destabilize and fragment the internet

July 26, 2021 8.03am EDT Author Nick Merrill Research Fellow, University of California, Berkeley Disclosure statement Nick Merrill receives funding from The Internet Society and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Partners University of California provides funding as a founding partner of The Conversation US. View all partners Republish our articles for free, online or in […]


Cloudflare Launches Project Pangea to Help Underserved Communities Expand Access to the Internet, For Free

New initiative will offer Cloudflare’s global edge network and security services at no cost to help connect local communities to the InternetJuly 26, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cloudflare, Inc. (NYSE: NET), the security, performance, and reliability company helping to build a better Internet, today announced a new initiative to improve Internet access […]

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UNESCO And The Internet Society Announce Strategic Partnership To Advance Universality Of The Internet

By India Education Diary Bureau Admin On Jul 25, 2021Share On 1 July 2021, Tawfik Jelassi, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information and Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Implementation at the Internet Society (ISOC) signed an expanded collaboration framework to jointly shape and advance Internet development and digital transformation by operationalizing Internet Universality […]


This California bill would protect our medical data from Big Tech (Hi, Amazon!)

BY DAVID LAZARUSBUSINESS COLUMNIST JULY 23, 2021 6 AM PT There’s a race on between the tech industry and lawmakers over your medical privacy. Big Tech is moving as fast as it can to embed its increasingly intrusive devices into people’s homes before policymakers can summon the political will to put much-needed consumer protections into place. The latest […]


Opinion: Russia and China’s hypocritical attempt to control cyberspace

Opinion by David IgnatiusColumnistJuly 20, 2021 at 5:50 p.m. EDT139 At the very moment that Russia and China are facing more pressure from Western governments to stop malicious cyberattacks, they’ve announced a pact to work together for new rules to control cyberspace. In the annals of diplomatic hypocrisy, this new accord is a stunner, even by Russian and […]


EU-U.S. Data Privacy Talks Enter Second Year With No Timeline for Resolution

Court ruling last year restricted data transfers to shield EU citizens from U.S. surveillance By David UbertiJuly 21, 2021 5:30 am ET | WSJ PRO PRINT TEXT The U.S. Commerce Department is still pushing to strike a new deal with the European Union to allow companies to transfer data legally across the Atlantic, an agency official said, but […]


Knight announces new investments in tech and democracy research, including an open call for research into disinformation’s impact on communities of color

The call for research proposals is part of a $5.5 million bundle of investments to study mis- and disinformation and inform internet governance. MIAMI – July 21, 2021 — Recognizing the impact of technology on our democracy, Knight Foundation is announcing a $5.5 million set of new investments today that will help advance research of issues such […]

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Understanding Broadband Speed Data in NTIA’s Indicators of Broadband Need

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently released a new public map, the Indicators of Broadband Need. This publicly available resource accompanies the National Broadband Availability Map (NBAM), pulling together public and private broadband internet access service datasets. The Indicators of Broadband Need map and National Broadband Availability map are both proving helpful to communities as they plan […]