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Chair of PIR Center Executve Board Participates in Internet Governance Forum 2013

27.11.2013

DENPASAR, NOVEMBER 27. PIR PRESS – “The key thing that the international community needs to do in order to respond in adequate and effective way to the challenges brought to the focus of global agenda by Edward Snowden is very simple and almost evident. It is necessary to shift the global attention towards practical issues as the ground for joint work and search of consensus. At the same time, politicization of the internet governance should be minimized - especially with regard to those multiple aspects which never required any political perspective before but are nevertheless facing it now”, – the Chairman of PIR Center Executive Board Michael Yakushev.

On October 22-25, 2013 the Chairman of PIR Center Executive Board Michael Yakushev took part in the 8th Internet Governance Forum which took place in Denpasar, Indonesia.

The conduct of IGF 2013 coincided a number of unexpected and important events which were mostly related to the revelations of global programs of e-surveillance on citizens, corporations and political leaders world over that were conducted by special services of the USA and some other countries.

Among such events one should mention the so-called Montevideo Statement on the Future of Internet Cooperation which was released on 7 October 2013 by the leaders of a number of organizations involved in coordinating the Internet's global technical infrastructure. The statement was signed by the president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Fadi Chehade as well as leaders of such structures the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Architecture Board, the World Wide Web Consortium, the Internet Society, and the five regional Internet address registries. One of the core messages of the document implies the call for “accelerating the globalization of ICANN and IANA functions, towards an environment in which all stakeholders, including all governments, participate on an equal footing”.

Besides, in October 2013 the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff announced that as soon as in April 2014 Brazil will host the first global multistakeholder conference devoted to the prospects of enhancement of the existing system of internet governance. The event should take place in São Paulo, Brazil as it was agreed with the President of ICANN. The goal of the conference is to generate a new universal vision of the existing issues in the field of internet governance and potential ways of solving them.

Finally, just after the end of the Forum, in the beginning of November the representatives of Germany and Brazil sent the UN General Assembly their joint draft Resolution “The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age”, aimed at prohibition of mass surveillance on the internet users and protection of privacy in the internet.

Commenting on the reaction of the global internet community to the problems revealed by Edward Snowden and his disclosures, as well as the quest for technical, political and legal solutions of these problems by the IGF participants, the Chairman of PIR Center Executive Board stressed: “The key thing that the international community needs to do in order to respond in adequate and effective way to the challenges brought to the focus of global agenda by Edward Snowden is very simple and almost evident. It is necessary to shift the global attention towards practical issues as the ground for joint work and search of consensus. At the same time, politicization of the internet governance should be minimized - especially with regard to those multiple aspects which never required any political dimension before but are still facing it now”.

In the framework of the IGF Michael Yakushev took part in plenary sessions of the Forums and discussions on the issues of jurisdiction in the internet (moderated by the member of the ICANN Board Dr. Bertrand de La Chapelle) and on strengthening of multistakeholder approach to internet governance (moderated by the Professor at Aarhus University and Special Advisor to the Chair of the IGF Dr. Wolfgang Kleinwächter).

The Chairman of PIR Center Executive Board also held a number meetings on the margins of the Forum including a meeting with the President of ICANN Fadi Chehade and his Deputy, Senior Advisor on Global Stakeholder Engagement Sally Costerton. Also, a meeting was held with the Chair of the ICANN Board Dr. Stephen Crocker. At these meetings, the prospects of developing collaboration between ICANN and PIR Center were discussed, including mutual visits and joint projects on the issues of global internet governance and cyber security. The basis for such collaboration was laid in April 2013 when the Engagement Collaboration Agreement between ICANN and PIR Center was signed.

PIR Center is actively working on information technology issues in the field of international security within the framework of the program "International Information Security and Global Internet Governance". As a part of the program, a special issue of PIR Center’s Security Index journal No. 1 (104) Spring 2013 "Global Security in the Digital Age,” was published (in Russian). Also, the work on the PIR Center’s non-governmental report – a White Paper on the issues of cyber security and internet governance - is conducted by PIR Center.

On May 30, 2013 PIR Center with the support of the Internet Support Foundation conducted the international seminar “Internet governance after WCIT-2012: Mapping key global trends and assessing Russia’s national interests” which was attended by over 50 leading experts in the field of internet governance and cyber security including senior representatives of ICANN and ITU.

For all issues concerning PIR Center’s program "International Information Security and Global Internet Governance” please contact Program Director Oleg Demidov by phone: +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax: +7 (495) 987-19-14, or by e-mail: demidov at pircenter.org.

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