- WSIS Follow-up Conference Held
in Copenhagen. The
World Federation of United Nations Associations Task Force
on WSIS & The Danish Network
on WSIS organized a conference in Copenhagen, Denmark on
February 21-22, 2006 to follow up on the World Summit on
the Information Society, which concluded on November 18,
2005 with an agreement among world leaders on ambitious objectives
and promises for the future Information Society. The conference,
called "Where to go from Tunis? Implementation of and
follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society
and the role of Civil Society in this process," evaluated
the results of the WSIS process and took stock of what impact
the summit can have on global development in general, and
more specifically on the future of the Information Society,
particularly from a civil society perspective. The event
presented keynote speeches and workshops focused on four
concrete issues and approaches, including one on "Human
Rights and ICT's." More
VOICE EVENT: Launch
of "Privacy & Human
Rights 2005" at WSIS. The
Electronic Privacy Information Center launched the 2005
edition of Privacy
and Human Rights at the World
Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia, November
16-18, 2005. With its review of privacy laws and related
developments in more than 70 countries around the world,
Privacy and Human Rights 2005 is the most comprehensive
survey on privacy and data protection ever published. Privacy
is one of the most critical policy issues facing governments
today. The survey will prove to be an enormously important
resource for policymakers, experts, government officials
and activists alike during the World Summit on the Information
Society. The panel gathered representatives from civil
society and human rights organizations—including
those from Tunisia—as well as data protection authorities
and academic experts to discuss the importance of the right
to privacy in the development of the Information Society. More
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Tunisia,
November 16-18, 2005. The second phase of the
World Summit on the Information Society will take place
in Tunisia in November of 2005. The first phase, held in
Geneva, involved the adoption of a Declaration of Principles
and a Plan of Action available for download at the WSIS
website. Live video and audio web coverage of the Geneva
Summit plenary, roundtables and press conferences can be
There will first be a preparatory meeting in the first
half of 2004 to review those issues of the information
society which should form the focus of the Tunis phase
of the WSIS and to agree on the structure of the process
for the second phase on the basis of contributions from
- Fourth Iberoamerican Meeting on Data Protection (Encuentro
Iberoamericano de Protección de Datos), Mexico
City, November 2-4, 2005. More
VOICE EVENT: Launch
of the 2005 version of "Privacy and Human
Rights," Bogota, Colombia, October 20-21 2005. The Electronic
Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Grupo de Estudios
en Internet, Comercio Electrónico, Telecomunicaciones
e Informática (GECTI) and Computer
Professional for Social Responsibility-Peru (CPSR-Perú)
hosted a Public Voice Symposium on "Privacy and Data
Protection in Latin America - Analysis and Perspectives" at
the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, on October
20-21, 2005. More
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) PrepCom
3, Geneva, September 19-30, 2005.
VOICE EVENT: Symposium:
Link Research on Information and Communication Technologies
(ICT's) to Development, Brazzaville, Congo, May 16-17,
2005. Students, researchers, professors and leaders
of community projects, representatives from government
agencies and the private sector gathered in Brazzaville,
Republic of Congo for a
symposium on the theme of linking research on information
and communication technologies (ICT's) to development.
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) PrepCom
2, Geneva, February 17-25, 2005. This is the
second Preparatory meeting (PrepCom) of the second Phase
of the World Summit on the Information Society. The 3rd
and final meeting before the Summit will take place in
September 2005 in Tunisia.
VOICE EVENT: Africa Electronic Privacy and Public Voice
Symposium, Capetown, December 6, 2004.
Voice held a dialogue of African perspectives on electronic
privacy, online speech and Internet governance directly
after the ICANN meetings in Cape Town.
ICT Task Force Meeting, Berlin, November 19-20, 2004.
The meeting will feature a Global Forum on "Enabling Environment
for Digital Development".
Conference: Making the Grade? A Report Card on US Policy
and the Information Society", Georgetown University,
Washington, DC, October 16, 2004. Experts from
academia, civil society organizations, and the private
sector analyzed the Bush Administration's performance
on a variety of ICT issues and give a "grade" on
the merits, and later, a big picture overview of and cumulative
final grade on current US policy. The conference concluded
with an open discussion on how to advance a public interest
agenda that is suited to the current technological and
policy environment, and on the roles that CPSR and other
progressive advocacy organizations can play in
such an effort.
World Congress of Computer Law, "Policies and Regulatory
Framework for Everyone's Information Society," Cuzco,
Peru, October 11-15, 2004. Alfa-Redi, a non-governmental
organization, invited all students and professionals
interested in the development and progress of Computer
Science and its social and regulatory impact. It was
an opportunity to share and exchange opinions, experiences
and to propose policies for the better use of new technologies,
taking into account the social development of each country
Working Group on Internet Governance Meeting, Geneva,
September 19-20, 2004. This was the newly established
Working Group's first consultation of stakeholders. The
meeting was open to representatives of International
Organizations, as well as to participants from NGOs, civil
society and business entities accredited to the WSIS.
Studienkreis, Aarhus, Denmark, September 17-18, 2004.
The ICANN Studienkreis is an open network of individuals from
different Internet constituencies both from the private sector,
the academia, the civil society, the media and the government.
Established in 1999, the ICANN Studienkreis organizes annual
High Level expert seminars on subjects, related to Internet
Governance and the development of ICANN.
International Conference on Privacy and Personal Data
Poland, September 14-16, 2004. The 26th International
Conference on Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners: "the
Right to Privacy - the Right to Dignity" was held in Wroclaw
under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Poland.
VOICE EVENT: "Privacy in a New Era: Challenges,
Opportunities and Partnerships", Poland, September
Held prior to the International Conference on Data Protection
and Privacy Commissioners, this Public Voice symposium was
organized by EPIC, EDRi and Privacy International.
the Internet Meltdown, Los Angeles, CA, July 26-28, 2004.
People For Internet Responsibility (PFIR) held a conference
in Los Angeles aimed at addressing and preventing problems which
could lead to a "meltdown" of the Internet.
Social Forum (WSF), Quito, Ecuador, July 25-30, 2004.
The Americas Social Forum 2004 was held in Quito, Ecuador on
July 25-30, 2004. The Americas Social Forum (ASF) is part of
the World Social Forum (WSF) process initiated in 2001. The
World Social Forum has become the largest space for the articulation
of social initiatives, the development of critical thinking,
and the construction of alternatives to the neoliberal order,
under the common belief that ŇAnother World is PossibleÓ.
It is an initiative of the emerging planetary civil society
that aims to value the practices of civic struggle and participation
in different societies, and to give a global dimension to the
proposals that are born of them. The previous
WSF was held in Mumbai, India on January 16-21, 2004.
WSIS thematic meeting, "Countering spam," Geneva, July 7-9,
2004. The ITU held a forum for numerous stakeholders,
including government policy-makers and regulators, consumer
groups, Internet service providers, software companies, academics
and civil society organizations, to exchange experiences and
share their views on technical, legal and other solutions to
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 1st Preparatory
Meeting, Tunisia, June 24-26, 2004. This was the
first Preparatory meeting (Prepcom) of the second Phase of the
World Summit on the Information Society. There was a civil society
informational meeting on June 23 in Hammamet, Tunisia. More
information on this meeting can be found at www.itu.int
Brother Awards USA, Berkeley, California April 21, 2004.
In April, Privacy
International held the 5th annual US Big Brother awards
to celebrate the invaders and champions of privacy. The ceremony
took place at the 2004
Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference. "Orwell" statutes
were presented to the government agencies, companies and initiatives
which have done most to invade personal privacy. A "Lifetime
Menace" award was also presented. Brandeis Awards were given
to those have done exemplary work to protect and champion privacy.
Winners of the awards were selected by a judging panel made
up of lawyers, academics, consultants, journalists and civil
rights activists based on nominees made by the public and experts.
VOICE EVENT: Public
Voice Roundtable, "Consumers and Privacy in South America,"
Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 16, 2004.
This Roundtable discussion was organized by the Electronic Privacy
Information Center, Consumers International (Oficina para América
latina y el Caribe) and the Instituto de Derecho del Consumidor
del Colegio Pblico de Abogados de la Capital Federal the Foro
de Habeas Data. The event was intended to promote the dialogue
between South American consumer protection organizations, experts
in consumer and privacy law and government data protection agencies.
- NYC Grassroots
Media Conference, New York City, February 2004.
The weekend-long conference was organized to promote awareness
of the independent media in the city, to strengthen and unify
the city's independent media, to educate each other on media
advocacy, and to create strong bonds among community groups
and local media for future collaborations. Visit the conference
website to find out more information.
World Social Forum (WSF), Mumbai, January 16-21, 2004.
The World Social Forum 2004 was held in Mumbai, India on January
16-21, 2004. About 75,000 people from across the world came
together to discuss strategies to build a more just, people-centred
world order. The WSF website
contains a listing
of Forum workshops. One such workshop called "ICT's
- Another World is Happening" examined effectiveness of
information and communication technology towards development
World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Geneva,
December 10-12, 2003.
The first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society
took place in Geneva from the 10th to 12th of December 2003.
The Summit addressed a broad range of themes concerning the
Information Society. Representatives adopted a Declaration
of Principles and Plan of Action involving issues related to
the Information Society. The second phase will take place in
Tunis hosted by the Government of Tunisia, from the 16th to
18th of November 2005. Live video and audio web coverage of
the Geneva Summit plenary, roundtables and press conferences
can be accessed here.
Forum on Communication Rights, Geneva, December 11, 2003.
The World Forum on Communication Rights is an independent civil-society
led initiative, open to all seeking democratic, just and participative
media and communication. The Forum brought together civil society
organisations, NGOs, governments and others in a civil society-driven
event to be held alongside the Summit, not in opposition to
it, but to highlight and make practical progress in spheres
the Summit fails to cover. Initiated by the Communication
Rights in the Information Society campaign (CRIS), it is
led by a coalition of international NGOs. The programme is available
online in English, French and Spanish. Online participation
was available for the Forum by registering at the Forum
Meetings, Carthage, Tunisia, October 27-31, 2003.
ICANN held its third round of 2003 public meetings in Tunisia
to discuss international Internet governance. Anyone was free
to attend the meetings via in person attendance, webcast and
remote participation opportunities, and/or by joining one
of the various ICANN-related mailing lists. Among the issues
discussed were the WHOIS database and Wildcard DNS. For more
information, see ICANN's Carthage
Web site and EPIC's page on the WHOIS
Security Guidelines Workshop, Oslo, October 13-16, 2003.
A total of 200 participants attended the OECD Security Guidelines
Workshop, from government and business organisations from OECD
member countries and Non-member economies, and APEC member countries,
business and civil society organisations. The workshop highlighted
the importance of information security and secure infrastructures,
focusing on the OECD Security Guidelines and discussing methods
of successful application. Participants explored policy frameworks
for the security of information systems, the use of technology
and security standards to increase the security of such systems,
and the development of improved security architectures.
- Human Rights
Caucus Releases Reports, Geneva, September 19, 2003.
The Human Rights Caucus of the World Summit on the Information
Society launched three new publications: Privacy
and Human Rights, (EPIC and Privacy International),
Rights in the Information Society (Deborah Hurley and
Rights and Democracy), and A
Global Report on Censorship, Surveillance and Control of the
Internet (Privacy International and GreenNet). Special
guests included Bertrand Ramcharan, Acting UN High Commissioner
for Human Rights, and Adama Samassekou, President of the WSIS
International Conference of the Data Protection and Privacy
Commissioners Sydney, Australia, Sept. 10-12, 2003.
The theme of this year's Conference was "Practical Privacy for
People, Government and Business." The conference explored advances
in privacy and sought to build platforms and solutions that
enhance the privacy choices of all citizens. It provided an
opportunity for Commissioners to engage in private discussions
as well as interact with delegates and speakers from the government,
business, and civil society.
World Press Freedom Day, Jamaica, May 2-3, 2003.
UNESCO held a two-day conference titled "Freedom of Expression:
Early New Millennium Challenges" in Kingston, Jamaica. The conference
was held in conjunction with the celebration of World Press
Freedom Day. The Public Voice made a presentation on a panel
called "Freedom of Expression in Knowledge Societies: Opportunities"
that discussed developing participative democracy and promoting
world civil society. The presentation advocated that new communication
technologies, which emphasize peer-to-peer production and distribution
of ideas, must be afforded the same protections by governments
that were granted to the press and broadcast mediums. For more
information see the Public Voice presentation
and the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day 2003
Annual Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference, New York
City, April 2-4, 2003.
CFP2003 explores the most important issues facing the Internet
and freedom, including: consumer privacy, broadband issues,
wireless privacy and security, digital divide, critical infrastructure
issues, public records, filtering, ICANN, disabilities access
and much more. The Conference is subtitled "Freedom to Move,
Think, and Speak!" The Public Voice donated resources to enable
participation by underrepresented civil society groups.
VOICE EVENT: Conference
on "The Public Voice in the Digital Economy",
Honolulu, Hawaii, January 14-17, 2003.
The Public Voice met in conjunction with the OECD-APEC Global
Forum on Policy
Frameworks for the Digital Economy and a WSIS
Preparatory meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, January 14-17.
The Public Voice conference explored "Security and Trust
in Ecommerce" and "Participation and Inclusion in
the Information Society."
Forum on Freedom of Expression in the Information Society,
Paris, November 15-16, 2002.
As part of the continuing preparations for the World
Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has
launched a moderated discussion forum on Freedom of Expression
in the Information Society. The contents of the forum will be
compiled in a report and presented at a symposium
being hosted by the French national Commission for UNESCO on
November 15-16, in Paris. For more information on UNESCO's work
on information society issues visit the World
VOICE EVENT: The
Public Voice in Internet Policymaking, Washington,
DC, June 22, 2002.
Discussion on the future rights and freedoms of the public in
the information age. Topics included ICANN reform and Internet
governance; the civil liberties implications of recently passed
Terrorism and Cybercrime measures; and the future of the Public
Domain in a world of increased intellectual property laws, Internet
commercialization and media consolidation. Held in conjunction
with the Internet Society 8th Annual Meeting.
Voice in Emerging Market Economies" Dubai, United Arab Emirates,
January 15, 2001.
Exploration of consumer, labor and civil liberties issues in
the context of electronic commerce and emerging market economies.
Held in conjunction with the OECD Emerging Market Economy Conference.
VOICE EVENT: "Public
Academics, NGO advocates and privacy experts discussed the Globalization
of Surveillance, Privacy and Copyright, Assessment of Safe Harbor,
and an International Convention on Privacy. Meeting held in
conjunction with the 22nd International Conference on Privacy
and Personal Data Protection. Webcast
on Civil Society and ICANN Elections" Yokohama, Japan, July
Co-organized by the Internet
Democracy Project and Non-Commercial
Constituency of the ICANN DNSO.
Internet and Governance", Cambridge, Massachusetts, May
Panel discussions on the roles of the public sector, international
organizations, and NGOs in the formation of Internet policy.
Sponsored by the Kennedy School of Government.
VOICE EVENT: "The
Public Voice in Electronic Commerce", Paris, October 11,
The conference brought together more than 160 international
representatives from the OECD, consumer, labor and civil liberties
groups to discuss and present the interests of civil society
in the future of E-commerce. The conference program.
A brief overview
of the panels. News
coverage of the conference. The speech
of Philip Jennings, General Secretary of the International Federation
of Commercial, Clerical, Professional and Technical Employees
Freedom and Privacy: The Global Internet" Washington, DC,
April 6-8, 1999.
More than 500 people from 20 countries participated in the ninth
annual conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy.
VOICE EVENT: "The
Public Voice in the Development of Internet Policy", Ottawa,
Canada, October 7, 1998.
Panel discussions on Consumer Protection and Electronic Commerce,
Speech Online and Access, Privacy and Encryption Online, and
Human Rights in the 21st Century. Featured speakers: Canadian
Minister of Industry John Manley, McGill Provost David Johnston,
and Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner Stephen Lau. Sponsored by
the Global Internet
Liberty Campaign (GILC).
VOICE EVENT: "The
Public Voice and the Development of International Encryption
Policy" Paris, September 25, 1996.
A briefing to the members of the OECD experts group on cryptography
on the human rights, technical and legal implications of cryptography.
Sponsored by EPIC, Planete Internet and GILC.