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Dangers Multiply for Human Rights in Cyberspace as RightsCon Approaches

by David Fidler
Protesters walk past a mock gravestone that reads "RIP Freedom of Speech" during a protest against new licensing regulations imposed by the government for online news sites, at Hong Lim Park in Singapore June 8, 2013. (Edgar Su/Reuters)

RightsCon takes place later this month in Brussels. Since its inception in 2011, RightsCon–the annual conference of Access Now–has been one of the primary gatherings where human rights activists, politicians, technologists, scholars, and businesses discuss issues at the intersection between human rights promotion and the internet. Unlike previous iterations, the stakes for this year’s event are undeniably higher given the current disruptive political environment that threatens human rights in real space and cyberspace.

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What’s Next for ICANN in the Absence of U.S. Oversight? An Interview With Kal Raustiala

by Adam Segal
Steve Crocker, Chair of the ICANN Board, at ICANN's 53rd meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015. (ICANN Photos)

The United States relinquished its stewardship role over the internet last year, to the celebration of some and the consternation of others. Kal Raustiala, author of “An Internet Whole and Free” in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, answers my questions on the future of the multistakeholder model and the role of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). 

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Despite Renewal, the Internet Governance Forum Is Still on Life Support

by Guest Blogger
CFR Cyber Net Politics IGF 2016 The International Telecommunication Union Deputy Secretary General, Malcolm Johnson, speaks at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara, Mexico. (ITU Pictures).

Samantha Dickinson is an internet governance consultant and writer. You can follow her on Twitter at @sgdickinson and via her blog, Lingua Synaptica.

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For the People and By the People: Shaping Norms for the Internet of Things

by Guest Blogger
A prototype of Google's self-driving vehicle during a media preview of Google's prototype autonomous vehicles in Mountain View, California September 29, 2015. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters).

Susan Ariel Aaronson is a research professor and cross-disciplinary fellow at George Washington University. Ethan Wham is social media consultant and a member of the greater Washington, DC chapter of the Internet Society.

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The Problem With the United Nations Setting Tech Standards for Your Internet Devices

by Guest Blogger
CFR Cyber Net Politics WTSA Tunisia Hammamet, Tunisia, the location of the next meeting of the World Telecommunication Standards Assembly. (grolli77/Flickr).

Dominique Lazanski lives and works in London. She has over 16 years of experience working in the Internet industry. She is writing in a personal capacity and her views do not necessarily reflect those of her employer. 

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The Implications of Brexit on UK Cyber Policy

by David Fidler
CFR Cyber net politics brexit A British flag lies on the street in London after Britain voted to leave the European Union. (Reinhard Krause/REUTERS).

The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union has prompted pundits and politicians to speculate on what the result means for the country, Europe, and the world. To paraphrase Churchill, never before have so few created such doubt for so many. These speculations touch on the practical politics and philosophical implications of the United Kingdom’s disengagement from the European Union. The Brexit process will affect practical and philosophical aspects of cyberspace politics as well.

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