Hanane Boujemi, Internet policy and governance expert directing the Tech Policy Tank in the UK, a think tank providing market intelligence, policy analysis and advice on tech products and services deployment. Hanane is an experienced and ambitious leader, specialised in internet governance and regulatory challenges, international law and diplomacy.
In what was a truly enriching discussion, we explored the complex and multi-faceted world of Internet governance, with it being subject to the influence of a variety of cultures, agendas and countries. However, she highlighted the great, beneficial role the internet can and does offer when employed as a tool of empowerment… often easier said than done but Hanane is one of the inspirational women making it happen!
They also influence the regulation and self-regulation of the Internet with actions such as shaping the public agenda through campaigns, getting involved in political decision-making processes, or facilitating the quest for shared values in relation to new technologies and applications. Many civil society initiatives focus on access to information and knowledge or goods produced cooperatively on the Internet.
Open-source initiatives such as the OSI and FSF are committed to promoting software licensing that allows code to be freely accessed, used and modified, while the Mozilla Foundation promotes the Firefox browser among other things, and the Wikimedia Foundation supports projects like the Wikipedia free encyclopaedia. The APC network is an international association of civil society stakeholders committed to issues such as free Internet access and protecting human rights online. Both general international institutions and specialised organisations are involved in shaping and regulating the Internet.
The UN General Assembly has also addressed issues relating to Internet governance in its resolutions on privacy in the digital age, and international cyber security, for example.
DC is currently tasked with developing new ideas for international collaboration in the digital world. The ITU , which focuses on technical specifications in the telecommunications sector — e. In addition, a large number of other international organisations are working within their own spheres of activity on regulations that directly or indirectly affect the Internet.
Also, proposals by the European Union and other countries for an agreement on electronic commerce are currently being discussed. Technical Bodies Many different groups and bodies are already working on the underlying infrastructure of the Internet, with organisations such as ICANN playing an important role in this respect.
Private Companies Companies help shape the Internet and its rules in many areas. Governments and agencies National governments shape the rules of the Internet in multiple ways.
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Since an international treaty structure is missing and self-regulation as a normative model does not suffice in all respects, new architectural and constitutional theories need to be developed. Read more Show all links.
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