DiploNews – Issue 294 – 17 February 2016
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February briefing on Internet governance (23 February)
Negotiations between the EU and the USA on a post-Safe Habour agreement have taken a step forward with the newly announced EU-US privacy shield. The Indian telecom regulatory authority has blocked Free Basics, while encryption debates continued to unfold this month in the UK. What other updates took place in February, and how will they shape future developments? What can we expect? Join us for our next monthly briefing, on Tuesday, 23rd February, at 13:00 CET (12:00 UTC), for a round-up of the major global IG and digital policy developments. Local hubs in Rio de Janeiro and Jakarta will share regional perspectives. Learn more and register. If you missed last month's briefing, the recording, digest, and presentation are now available.
Upcoming event in Amsterdam: Internet Research Fair (29 February – 3 March)
The upcoming Internet Research Fair aims at understanding how the Internet affects both the subject and method of academics (especially social sciences and humanities). The fair, organised by DiploFoundation in collaboration with Amsterdam University College and the Network Institute, will feature three evening seminars on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, an Internet and Society Day with panel discussions on Wednesday, and a poster exhibition throughout the week. Learn more, and read: Internet Research Fair: Stimulating academia to uncover the Internet's unknowns.
Webinar recording: Policy and Technology Challenges for 2016
Digital policy and technological challenges in 2016 were the subject of an in situ/online event organised by GIP Digital Watch in co-operation with the Internet Society. Sally Wentworth, Internet Society Vice-President for Policy Development, and Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform, presented their views. Watch the event recording.
Discussing Internet governance
Last week, the online community marked Safer Internet Day (9 February), an event dedicated to creating awareness on the safe and responsible use of the Internet and technology, especially among children and young people. Master's students of DiploFoundation and the University of Malta, who were in Malta for the annual workshop as part of the Master in Contemporary Diplomacy programme, developed an online campaign for the event, which was shared on Diplo's channels. Patrick Borg writes about their experience: Master's students create social media campaign for Safer Internet Day.
On Diplo's IG online community, Hamza Ben Mehrez writes about a Tunisian multistakeholder model for Internet governance, and in a separate post, on exploring gender Internet policy gaps in the MENA region. Mamadou Lo shares his regular web reviews of IG updates in English and French. View the reviews on the community blog roll.