October 12, 2012
A conference dedicated to maintaining free and open Internet is currently under way in Canberra.
Defending a free and open Internet, but maintaining security and reliability requires vigilance and active engagement from all global stakeholders says a statement issued by the inaugural Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF).
Australian and international Internet experts and participants have gathered in Canberra to ensure their voices are heard concerning how the Internet of tomorrow is governed.
Of major concern is an upcoming meeting of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Some ITU member nations have expressed a desire of taking more control of Internet operations, which the auIGF says threatens the free and open nature of the Internet.
"The multi-stakeholder model for Internet governance creates the best outcomes for the greatest number," .au Domain Administration (auDA) CEO Chris Disspain said.
The auDA is the body operating the .au domain name extension for the benefit of all stakeholders and oversees accrediting registrars for Australian domain name registrations.
"If we want to maintain the openness and interoperability of the Internet, we need to let more people know about the developments that threaten these values and engage them in a dialogue that will help uphold them. That is goal that we have set for the auIGF," said Mr. Disspain.
In addition to Internet Governance issues, participants of the auIGF are discussing security and privacy, access and inclusion, openness and copyright issues in relation to the online world.
The archives from all the panels of Day 1 (yesterday) of the auIGF; including video, audio and text are now available and can be accessed here. Today's activities are featuring a number of interactive, community-led workshops investigating specific Internet policy issues in greater depth.
The event has been co-ordinated by bodies including auDA, the Internet Industry Association (IIA), the Australian Communication Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), the Australian chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-AU) and the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC).
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