‘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 ...
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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.
Internet Impact Brief
Internet Way of Networking 5 January 2022
Internet Impact Brief: End-to-end Encryption under the UK’s Draft Online Safety Bill
In May 2021 the UK published the draft Online Safety Bill (the “draft bill”) which seeks to set out a new regulatory framework to protect Internet users from illegal and harmful content. If implemented in its current form, this draft bill may negatively impact the Internet, pulling it away from its full potential as an open, globally connected, secure and trustworthy resource for all.… Read more ...
.UK Internet Governance Forum Overview
in collaboration with Nominet
.UK Registry Nominet is organising a one hour Webinar “.UK Internet Governance Forum Overview” at 13:00-14:00 BST on 30th September 2021 and ISOC UK has partnered with long time IGF experts to answer the questions you might have about the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the UK IGF.
- Introduction — Olivier Crépin-Leblond, ISOC UK England Chair
- A primer on IG, setting the stage, — Louise Marie Hurel, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics
- Story of the IGFs (why, when, purpose etc.)
The BCS (British Computer Society – The Chartered Institute for IT) and the UK Chapter of the Internet Society organised a joint meeting discussing the threat to DNS. This roundtable included Bill Woodcock, Executive Director of the Packet Clearing House (PCH) and Dr. Olivier Crépin-Leblond, Chair of the UK Chapter of the Internet Society. Together we discussed the multiple threats to the DNS – whether technical and political – in an open discussion with participants. Olivier focussed on activities that ICANN is undertaking and in particular from the At-Large perspective of end users at ICANN and Bill was able to share real world examples of challenges to the DNS that he had encountered.… Read more ...