State of the Net for the Week of April 21

Yvette Miller ⬥ 21 April

This week, all eyes (or at least those eyes interested in Internet governance) will be on NETmundial, which will be held on April 23 and 24 in São Paulo, Brazil. A full agenda for the multistakeholder Internet conference can be found here.

There are also hubs set up, worldwide, for remote participation.

According to the NETmundial’s website, more than 180 contributions on the future of Internet governance have been received from stakeholders around the globe in advance of the event; these contributions will help frame the conversation in Brazil. Among the topics to be discussed are

  • Basic human rights that must be protected online, such as: freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy, and accessibiliy
  • The respect and promotion of culture and linguistic diversity online
  • Maintaining a unified and unfragmented Internet
  • Maintaining a secure, stable, and resilient infrastructure for the Internet
  • Enabling innovation and creativity online

Reports are sure to come out as meetings occur, and we’ll provide updates.

For Your Radar

  • May 10-14: International Trademark Association’s 136th Annual Meeting, which will be held in Hong Kong
  • May 19-May 22: Internet Week New York
  • June: First ICANN Auction (Expected)
  • June 22 – 26:  ICANN 50 London
  • October 12 – 16: ICANN 51 Los Angeles
  • October 29: Nine-Month Contracting Deadline for Applicants with CIRs
  • July 29, 2015: 18-Month Contracting Deadline for Applicants with CIRs that Request and are Granted the 9-month extension

Public Comment Periods to Consider:

April 29: Comment period closes on ICANN’s Cross Community Working Group on Internet Governance’s Submission to NETMundial

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