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Intelligence & Security Committee – IP Bill is a significant missed opportunity.

The UK Parliament’s watchdog for the Security Services has delivered a firm rebuke to the Government on its draft Bill the Investigatory Powers Bill. Seeing it as a missed opportunity.

The UK Chapter has engaged with ISC and on this topic more broadly for several years as the Government has struggled to bring surveillance under stable and effective democratic controls.

This is the first major comment from the refreshed committee ‘s intentions to follow up on the work of the previous Parliament and marks a decisive opinion under the fresh leadership of its new chair Dominic Grieve.… Read more ...

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Two UK MPs challenge their own government in the High Court – and win.

Robin Wilton
Prague 18th July 2015 writes

Two MPs, David Davis (Conservative) and Tom Watson (Labour), with human rights advocacy group Liberty, have won a challenge in the High Court against the UK’s data retention law (DRIPA). The ruling finds against the UK law on several grounds, including incompatibility with the right to privacy, and a lack of clarity in the rules applying to access requests. Since the current rules allow a very wide range of public authorities to request communications data, and to do so without independent approval, there is a clear implication that the UK’s approach to data retention fails the proportionality test.… Read more ...

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Invitation for ISOC Ambassadors to the Internet Governance Forum

The Internet Society is inviting applications for its latest Internet
Society Ambassadors to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). IGF
Ambassadors will gain valuable insight and experience through their
exposure to a range of stakeholders and discussions from numerous
disciplines across the Internet ecosystem and benefit from their
immersion into the IGF week of activities.

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) serves to bring people together from
various stakeholder groups as equals, in discussions on public policy
issues relating to the Internet. While there is no negotiated outcome,
the IGF informs and inspires those with policy-making power in both the
public and private sectors.… Read more ...

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Reflections on UK IGF Panel Discussion: Privacy and Security in the Internet Age

by Robin Wilton
Technical Outreach Director – Identity and Privacy Internet Society

1 – The “privacy versus security” fallacy

2 – What factors shape the privacy landscape

3 – An ISOC Trust and Identity perspective

1 – The “privacy versus security” fallacy

I’d like to start by quoting two remarks that were made at the recent WSIS Forum in Geneva on a similar panel to this one. The first is, in turn, a quotation from Joe Alhadeff of Oracle Corp., who said:

“It’s not enough to balance privacy against security: you have to optimise for both”.

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Events News

UK Internet Governance Forum meeting


The UK Internet Governance Forum 2015
Tuesday 16 June | 09:00 – 17:00 (Arrival from 08:30)


Chatham House | 10 St James’s Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

The Agenda is here

The main page for the event including breakout sessions can be viewed at

UK IGF 2015 Sessions were recorded by the local ISOC chapter (with thanks to  volunteers Olivier Crepin-Leblond, 2020media and Joly MacFie )

Slides are available at


The ISOC UK England team please or if you want any further information about the UK IGF please contact… Read more ...

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Internet Society Statement on the NETmundial Initiative

For full Release see Internet Society

Based on the information that we have to date, the Internet Society cannot agree to participate in or endorse the Coordination Council for the NETmundial Initiative. We are concerned that the way in which the NETmundial Initiative is being formed does not appear to be consistent with the Internet Society’s longstanding principles, including:

Bottom-up orientation

The Board has asked the Internet Society’s CEO, Kathryn Brown, to convene a dialogue within the Internet Society community.… Read more ...