Francesca Musiani: Reinventing the Internet’s Phone Book?

Francesca Musiani
Francesca Musiani

May 31, 2013

Dr. Francesca Musiani, ISD’s Yahoo! Fellow, hosted an all-day conference on Internet governance and infrastructure on Friday, April 19, 2013 in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, the Yahoo! Fund on Communication Technology, International Values, and the Global Internet, American University’s School of International Service, and the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet).

The “invisible” infrastructures of the Internet’s lower layers – addresses, protocols, domain names – are increasingly used to serve political objectives different from the purpose they were initially designed for. Are we currently experiencing a “turn to infrastructure” for Internet governance?

This conference explored the political, social and technical implications of this recent tendency, by focusing on a particularly controversial aspect of Internet infrastructure: the Domain Name System, the Internet’s “phone book.”

A full conference report and summary is available here.

GIGANET: World Wide Web Integrity Index — Call for Consultants

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Call for Consultants to lead and review research on the Web’s use, utility and impact in 80 countries, contributing to the 2013 Web Index.

Who We Are Looking For:  Professionals from the fields of journalism, non-governmental organization, academia and the private sector with proven record in performing high-quality interviews and desk research, meeting deadlines, and promptly responding to queries as part of a large research team. Interested candidates, including those colleagues who have worked with us before, should apply online by visiting no later than April 20th.

Global Integrity is embarking on a partnership with the World Wide Web Foundation to prepare the 2013 Web Index.  The Web Index is the first multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s use, utility and impact. In 2012, the Web Index covered 61 developed and developing countries, incorporating indicators that assess the political, economic and social impact of the Web; in 2013 coverage will be increased to roughly 80 countries.  The Web Index is a tool that helps advocates and policy analysts draw upon actionable measures to identify impediments and track improvements in Web access and affordability.  The Web Index also helps inform decision-makers and regulators as to what changes can be made to Web governance in country to help achieve greater and more sustainable development outcomes.

This effort will require a global team of reporters and reviewers around the world to conduct original research and data gathering that will feed into the final 2013 Web Index. For information on the requirements and how to apply, please see the Fact Sheet below.

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