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Digital India’s Impact on Privacy: Aadhaar numbers, biometrics, and more

Much of the discussion at the recent India-U.S. Information and Communications Technologies Working Group focused on the Indian government’s “Digital India” initiative to promote universal connectivity, with the goal of providing every citizen with broadband connection by December 2016. As part of a “cradle-to-grave digital identity” for its citizens, the government plans to draw on the Aadhaar program, a controversial unique identification system that has led the Indian government to create the world’s largest biometric database. Lisa discusses its privacy concerns and more.

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Protect the Internet: Support the IANA Transition

The Internet is at a crucial stage of its evolution. Last year, the Commerce Department announced its intention to transition out of its oversight role of core Internet technical functions (the IANA functions) and hand that stewardship over to the global multistakeholder community. The IANA transition is a key element in the evolution of the global Internet and the current multistakeholder approach to Internet governance. Caution is appropriate, but the project must be pursued.

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Reflections on the Internet Governance Forum

The ninth Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held this year in Istanbul, closed last Friday with a broad cross-section of stakeholders calling for renewal of the IGF, reflecting the meeting’s success meeting and the widespread recognition that IGF should to continue beyond 2015. CDT’s Matthew Shears and Emma Llanso recap the important forum.

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Previewing the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul

The 9th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meets in Istanbul this year from 1 to 5 September. The meeting will be a chance for human rights advocates, members of government, industry representatives, the technical community, academics, and others from around the world to come together and discuss issues related to Internet policy and governance. Matthew Shears and Emma Llanso will be there representing CDT.

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Principles for ICANN Accountability

The question of accountability has hung over ICANN ever since it was created in the 1990s to oversee the Internet’s system of domain names. ICANN recently initiated a consultation intended to develop a plan for how it can remain accountable in the absence of its historical contractual relationship to the US government. The key question has become whether, after the US cuts the umbilical cord, ICANN will be subject to too little accountability, or even worse, whether it will become “accountable” to other governments or special interests that will exercise more intrusive control than the US ever did.

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Freedom Online Coalition agrees to recommendations on a free and secure Internet

The fourth annual meeting of the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC), an intergovernmental coalition that is committed to advancing free expression, association, assembly, and privacy online around the globe, concluded Tuesday in Tallinn, Estonia. The meeting brought together governments, business, and civil society for two days of discussion on issues such as business and human rights, surveillance and transparency, maintaining one global Internet, and a range of other important Internet freedom and governance related issues.

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NETmundial: Small but Important Steps Forward in Internet Governance

Matthew Shears recounts the controversial NETmundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance. It was a roller-coaster of a meeting, from Nnenna Nwakanma’s enthralling opening speech representing civil society and President Dilma Rousseff signing into law the long-debated and much anticipated Marco Civil Act, to last-minute editorial interventions to the output document by government stakeholders. Through the ups and downs, one of the greatest successes of the event was the fact that it demonstrated multistakeholder engagement in action.

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Internet “Bill of Rights” Becomes Law in Brazil

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil signed Marco Civil da Internet, a comprehensive Internet rights bill, into law this morning. The Brazilian Senate voted in favor of the bill last night, just in time for President Rousseff to sign Marco Civil during the opening ceremony of the NETmundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, a…

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