Governing the Internet: An Internet Bill of Rights, the language of the ‘Net and more

The future of the net is the ambitious topic under discussion at the first global Internet Governance Forum, being held in Athens over the next five days…The forum is not a decision-making body but instead is designed to give stakeholders in the internet a chance to form consensus around key areas.

Read World discusses internet future , Internet Governance Forum takes on China, US from Ars and At U.N. Internet summit, calls for change from C|Net for an overview.

“The internet is the widest public space in the history of mankind. It must remain the place to give citizenship and democracy new opportunities,” he said. He said offline rights should be respected online.

Read Internet bill of rights proposed from the BBC Technology News with commentary from Ars

A November 1983 specification proposed that domain names would have “only letters, digits and hyphen”–which meant that Cyrillic, Arabic, kanji or Chinese letters and characters could not be used in domains. Not even diacritical marks employed in German, French and Spanish were permitted. On Wednesday, delegates to a United Nations summit here complained that the ASCII-only choice was representative of an Internet culture that is far too English-centric and that fails to respect other languages.

Read U.N. delegates: English isn’t good enough from C|Net with commentary from ZDNet.

Plus, U.N. proposes changes to Net’s operation, International net domains ‘risky’ (Vint Cerf‘s concerns for interoperability on a non-ASCII standard Internet) China: We don’t censor the Internet. Really and No Internet at United Nations ‘Internet’ summit from C|Net. Previously from WNM: Let global online freedom ring? and Senate panel proposes a Net user “Bill of Rights”

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