‘Net neutrality’, sometimes referred to as the ‘open internet’, is the principle that users of the internet (both consumers and those making and distributing content) should be in control of what they see and do online – not the broadband or mobile providers that connect people and businesses to the internet (otherwise known as internet service providers or ISPs). The net neutrality rules make sure that the traffic carried across broadband and mobile networks is treated equally and particular content or services are not prioritised or slowed down so that some are favoured over others.… Read more ...
Dear ISOC UK England Colleagues,
On behalf of the ISOC UK England Elections (Nominating) Committee, it is my pleasure to announce that we will now start the process of election of Officers to four (4) seats on the Executive Council of the Internet Society UK England Chapter.
Together with the four seats held by the members of Internet Society UK Limited, these constitute the ISOC UK England Executive Council, a leadership team to continue supporting ISOC’s missions.
Following the bylaws, the Elections Committee (aka Nominating Committee) was appointed last week after a public call for volunteers and is made up of 3 ISOC UK England members, selected randomly from the pool of candidates that volunteered (using a public Randomizer at http://www.random.org/lists/… Read more ...
UK IGF 2022
The UK Internet Governance Forum is the national internet governance forum for the United Kingdom. It is a collaborative partnership that provides a local forum in the UK to engage industry, government, parliament, academia and civil society in debate on Internet Governance issues.
The UK Chapter of the Internet Society supports the UK IGF by taking part in its multistakeholder steering committee.
This year’s UK IGF features the following agenda:
09:00 Welcome and Opening
Paul Fletcher, Nominet
09:30 Ministerial Address
Lucy Powell MP
10:20 Online Safety
Damian Collins MP
Jon Higham, Ofcom
Parven Kaur, Kids N Clicks
11:35 Digital Inequalities: The barriers facing young and old
Jess Barrett, Voicebox
Dr Lizzie Coles-Kemp, Royal Holloway, University of London
Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics
Cliff Manning, Parent Zone
Sally West, Age UK
13:20 Keynote Speech
Yih-Choung Teh, Ofcom
Stephen Bonner, Information Commissioner’s Office
Alec Muffett, ex-Facebook
Dan Sexton, Internet Watch Foundation
15:10 Transparency and AI
Bridget Boakye, Tony Blair Institute
Dr Rumman Chowdhury, Twitter
Dr Evert Haasdljk, Deloitte
Stephen Metcalfe MP
Mariarosaria Taddeo, Oxford Internet Institute
Registrations for this year’s UK IGF meeting have now closed.… Read more ...
The return of the IPv6 Matrix
The IPv6 Matrix has been measuring the use of IPv6 in the world’s 1 Million most popular Web Sites since 2010. The project has collected over 500Gb of data relating to the spread of IPv6 worldwide. Its two servers (one crawler and one web server) were now 14 years old when, in 2020, it was time to replace them with modern technology. At the December 2019 IPv6 Council Annual General Meeting, the Chapter received a pledge from UK IPv6 hosting company Mythic Beasts to host the project on virtual machines free of charge, provided the migration was undertaken by the Chapter.… Read more ...
Defend the Internet, stop the Splinternet
The Internet is facing an unprecedented threat. As the war in Ukraine evolves, governments, businesses and other organizations are considering sanctions to thwart Russia’s invasion that would damage the global Internet. In the short term, people will lose access to a critical lifeline for safetyand accurate information. In the long term, actions that undermine the apolitical nature of the network would divide the Internet along geopolitical lines and irreversibly alter the Internet we know today. We cannot let the Internet become a pawn of geopolitics.… Read more ...
The UK Chapter of the Internet Society has joined more than 50 organisations to challenge the UK Government’s tactics to roll-out an Online Safety Bill that will ultimately lead to the weakening of encryption.
The full Statement and its signatories has been published on the Open Rights Group Web Site.
In addition to endorsing this Statement, the UK Chapter of the Internet Society is also seeking to facilitate dialogue to search for other methods to combat online harms. Several round-tables are currently in the works – more information will be available soon.