Cutting through the unknowns of AI

By Warda Imran, Veronica Sirianni Amid the farmer’s strike in Berlin which held multiple vessels of public transport hostage, the United Nations’ convened the second day of its Internet Governance Forum (IGF). To define internet governance has been harrowing; it involves philosophy, ethics, and morals. However, Sasha Rubel of UNESCO, was easily able to condense it in two words: “Collective Intelligence.” Simple yet elegant. Rubel … Continue reading Cutting through the unknowns of AI

Artificial Intelligence is a reflection of society

A critical view on discussions at IGF 2019 By Avik Majumdar The three core principles guiding emerging technologies should be responsible artificial intelligence (AI), obedience to human centric laws and mechanisms that tie the technologies together with human need – a consensus within the Internet governance community. With these core principles in mind, the second day of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Berlin brought … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence is a reflection of society

2019: The Beginning of the Era of the Deepfake?

How Digital Manipulation can be a Threat to Democracy and Human Rights By Peggy Whitfield In early November, the prestigious English dictionary, Collins, named “deepfake” as one of its new words of the year for 2019; it’s certainly one of the buzzwords of the IGF conference in Berlin. But what exactly are deepfakes and what potential do they have to impact society and democracy? NATO … Continue reading 2019: The Beginning of the Era of the Deepfake?

EU Commission to focus on Artificial Intelligence

By Warda Imran The incoming newly-elected European Commission will focus on Artificial Intelligence, and aim to develop a new policy initiative on AI within the first 100 days in office, the European Delegation to the UN announced on Tuesday. Katarzyna Gogol, a member of the European Delegation to the UN responsible for digital and communication topics, announced that the newly elected members of the European … Continue reading EU Commission to focus on Artificial Intelligence

IGF panel defends legitimacy to discuss climate change

By Rachael Davies Disagreements sprung up on whether climate change is a suitable topic for a conference on internet governance, during a panel discussion on ‘Internet Futures and the Climate Crisis’. Max Senges, Lead for Research Partnerships and Internet Governance for Google in Berlin, voiced his concerns on whether the Internet Governance Forum 2019 is the best forum for such discussions. He posed the question … Continue reading IGF panel defends legitimacy to discuss climate change

United Nations want more diversity in digital debate

By Rachael Davies Speaking on a panel on Internet Governance and Digital Cooperation at the annual IGF conference, Fabrizio Hochschild, Under-Secretary-General of the UN, put out a stern warning against the internet becoming too divided. “A fractured internet is a serious threat to the open, free, and safe internet that was envisioned by its Founding Fathers”, Hochschild said.  The high-ranking official drew a line between … Continue reading United Nations want more diversity in digital debate

Demands for a Democratic and Free Internet

Impressions from the Youth IGF in Berlin By Khaled Zaza Youth from different parts of the world have gathered at IGF Berlin to loudly and clearly voice their demand for a democratic and free Internet. Internet Society Ambassadors, young online activists, bloggers and guests report on the different experiences and challenges that youth across the globe are facing with the Internet in their respective countries. … Continue reading Demands for a Democratic and Free Internet

Monitoring Internet Freedom in Russia

A conversation with human rights activist Leonid Volkov By Ian Marsden Leonid Volkov is a Russian political activist and the founder of Internet Protection Society (IPS), an NGO he set up to monitor Internet freedom in Russia and push back against potential state repression. Since it was founded in 2017, he has been arrested seven times and spent more than 200 days in prison. Most … Continue reading Monitoring Internet Freedom in Russia