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Discussion during IGF against Internet content control

8 November, 2006
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The first global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was organized by United Nations in Athens between 30 October and 2 November 2006.

The forum has shown a strong and large opposition to Internet blocking and filtering, putting under pressure repressive governments such as China. The three sessions devoted to content regulation and control have been dominated by the advocates of anti-censorship and access to knowledge that have criticized the state control of Internet content.

Thus, Amnesty International publicly handed a pledge, called Irrepressible Info. that states: "I believe the Internet should be a force for political freedom, not repression. People have the right to seek and receive information and to express their peaceful beliefs online without fear or interference. I call on governments to stop the unwarranted restriction of freedom of expression on the Internet - and on companies to stop helping them do it."

Most panellists from several work sessions opposed the extension of content filtering and blocking. They criticized severely the representative of the Council of Europe who tried to justify regulating "harmful content." Some participants argued in favour of an international treaty on Access to Knowledge, supported for some time by South Africa, some other governments and NGOs.

Mr. Joichi Ito, the iCommons chairman, emphasised the fact that the access to Internet was already considerably restricted by the identification and authentication measures required for DRM and considered the copyright legislation was getting, "worse and worse" . He said one solution to the problem could be to review the copyright laws so as to adapt the multimedia domain. Another solution would be through the Creative Commons and its alternative licenses.

Among other important subjects debated during the sessions there was the problem of unsolicited email communications.A group of six main anti-spam organisations made an alliance called Stop Spam Alliance and launched a website with information and advise on spam.

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
http://www.intgovforum.org/

Internet Governance Forum 2006 Greece
http://www.igfgreece2006.gr/

Reporter's Log: Internet Governance Forum (2.11.2006)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6105496.stm

The gossip issue (2.11.2006)
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11/02/igd_blog_wed/

Assault on State Censorship at the IGF (1.11.2006)
http://www.circleid.com/posts/assault_on_state_censorship_at_the_igf/

IGF: more free content for the Internet (2.11.2006)
http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/80401

Stop Spam Alliance
http://www.stopspamalliance.org/

 

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