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  • (CircleID, Wednesday, September 17, 2014)

    If we were to apply themes to Internet governance world, the narrative for 2014-15 is definitely 'change'. The governance ecosystem is knee deep in the IANA transition, with a few meetings and teleconferences of the IANA Transition Coordinating Group behind us, and a ramping up of activity around ICANN accountability and governance.

  • (The Indian Republic, Wednesday, September 17, 2014)

    Author Anil Maheshwari probes modern legal privacy issues that he surmises arise from the inability of Indian law thus far to keep up with new issues triggered by rapidly changing technology. 

  • (MSN News, Wednesday, September 17, 2014)

    Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn on Wednesday issued a statement that backs Prime Minister John Key's position that New Zealanders haven't been spied on by the GCSB.

  • (Arabian Business, Wednesday, September 17, 2014)
    Qatar’s new cybercrime law has been criticised as deliberately ambiguous and a crackdown on freedom of speech. Under the new law, jail terms can be imposed on those who publish content deemed harmful to the country’s “social values” or “general order”.
  • (APC News, Tuesday, September 16, 2014)

    A new law amendment tightens Internet censorships. It now grants the Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) extensive powers to block access to websites without a court order, coming on the heels of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul on 2-5 September 2014.

  • (The Verge, Tuesday, September 16, 2014)

    The Federal Communications Commission finished accepting comments on its controversial net neutrality proposal last night, and it closed out as by far the most-commented issue in agency history with a total of approximately 3.7 million replies. 

  • (Global Research, Tuesday, September 16, 2014)

    Some weeks ago, rabble rousing cyber activist Kim Dotcom and Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept were promising a harvest of revelations on New Zealand’s role in the surveillance fruit salad.[1] The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), which sounds like a benign desk shuffling company, is the country’s willing accomplice in the Five Eyes arrangement.  Between 2012 and 2013, a metadata surveillance system was created, centred on the Southern Cross cable network.  Big eyes indeed.

  • (USA Today, Tuesday, September 16, 2014)

    Government can protect consumers without a tangle of new network neutrality rules.

  • (Computer World, Tuesday, September 16, 2014)

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's deadline for the public to comment on the agency's proposed net neutrality rules passed Monday with more than 3 million comments filed, by far a record number for an FCC proceeding. The agency is now focused on analyzing the 3M comments it has received.

  • (Ars Technica, Tuesday, September 16, 2014)

    A Republican advocacy group called "American Commitment" said today that 772,000 Americans have signed its petition asking the Federal Communications Commission to avoid "regulating the Internet"—a reference to the agency's current net neutrality proceeding.