IGF 2019 Workshop Selection Results The following is the result of the workshop review and selection process conducted by the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) for the 2019 annual meeting. In light of community feedback requesting a more substantively focused programme, this year, the MAG’s selection process, in addition to individual workshop proposal scores, looked at proposals’ […]

Cyberattacks United States

US Cyber Command has reportedly been aggressively targeting Russia’s electrical grid

Officials describe their efforts as more aggressive than they would have contemplated a few years agoBy Andrew [email protected]  Jun 15, 2019, 5:46pm EDT The United States Cyber Command has made a number of incursions into Russia’s electrical infrastructure in recent months, according to a new report in The New York Times. Officials that the publication spoke with characterized the […]


A Human Rights Activist’s Response to Bitcoin Critics

Alex Gladstein Foreign Policy recently published the latest mainstream media attack on Bitcoin from the London-based author and journalist David Gerard. Gerard’s “Forget Bitcoin, Try your Mattress” is the newest in a long line of Bitcoin criticism published everywhere from the Financial Times to The Washington Post. This time, Bitcoin is part of a system “plagued by hacks, […]

Artifical Intelligence

The Myth of China’s Big A.I. Advantage

Calling data “the new oil” could hurt efforts to protect privacy. By JUSTIN SHERMAN and SAMM SACKS JUNE 13, 20192:11 PM We hear all the time that “data is the new oil.” It’s the hottest new analogy to describe the ways in which data—primarily, access to data for training machine learning and artificial intelligence systems—is an important strategic […]

United Nations

The UN Panel on Digital Cooperation: An Agenda for the 2020s

By Wolfgang Kleinwächter Jun 13, 2019 2:31 PM PDT The UN Panel on Digital Cooperation presented last week in New York its final report, and an old question is back on the international agenda:  Could the global Internet be ordered by a reasonable arrangement among stakeholders which would maximize the digital opportunities and minimize the cyber […]


New Funding Opportunity: National Inclusion Campaign Pilot Project

Timothy Walden | June 14, 2019 NATIONAL INCLUSION CAMPAIGN PILOT PROJECT REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS June 14, 2019 View PDF Version Here Overview In May 2019, Welcoming America and American Immigration Council convened a number of organizations to explore how we might work together to deepen inclusion across the nation.  Participating national organizations included 4-H, American Alliance […]



AROUND HALF THE world’s population still lacks access to the internet. Companies like Facebook, SpaceX, and Amazonwant to change that by launching constellations of satellites into the sky, which will beam internet back down to Earth. But even if these projects succeed, tech giants may face a more fundamental problem in bridging the digital divide: language. There are thousands of different tongues spoken […]


Four Lessons about Blockchain and Social Impact

JUNE 13, 2019 CONTRIBUTOR: LUCAS JOLÍAS In 2017, we began exploring the potential of blockchain technology to improve transparency levels, facilitate audits, strengthen accountability and regain trust in Latin American governments. Latin America has the highest rates of corruption, the lowest level of trust in public institutions, and a continuously growing indifference from citizens to democratic […]

Gender Equal

Strategies to Build a More Gender-Equal Tech Sector

Register Now June 26th, 2019 – 11am Eastern Time The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes that the spread of information and communication technology (ICT) can accelerate human progress. To achieve this potential, however, we must remove barriers to gender equality. Women need equal opportunities to access ICT, to acquire digital skills and to apply […]