Podcast: Live from the Internet Freedom Conference

Online freedom, governing principles and international action to protect cross-border internet traffic are under discussion at the Council of Europe’s two-day, internet freedom conference which began on 18 April.

Highlights from this podcast recorded at the event include an interview with Dr Daniel Baer, Assistant Secretary at the United States’ Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour (photograph).

He provides details of the international strategy for cyberspace, to be announced shortly by President Barack Obama and has the last word on the Wikileaks affair.

Professor Alexander Borisov, of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, challenges the role of governments and institutions as internet regulators. He declares that already “there is too much politics” and fears that the online common space may soon become polarised and riven with splits.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, an internet activist and Member of Parliament in Iceland, worries aloud about the “industrialisation” of the internet.

Niger-based Anne-Rachel Inné, ICANN’s Regional Relations Manager for Africa, also offers an analysis of the impact of the internet on development in the continent.

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Speech: Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio


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