By Jacob Brogan
We are delighted to announce that SOC Ph.D. candidate Olga Khrustaleva has been awarded a competitive Google Policy Fellowship to study the Internet censorship experiences of journalists and activists across Latin America. She is working with Derechos Digitales (Digital Rights), a nonprofit organization based in Santiago, Chile that focuses on digital human rights. Part of the project will involve a survey (in Spanish and Portuguese) of journalists and activists who have experienced some form of Internet censorship, included DDoS attacks, threats, or legal action. This experience will help inform her ongoing dissertation work on Internet development in Cuba.
Global Commission on Internet Governance has launched its first report at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ministerial in Cancun. The Global Commission on Internet Governance was a two-year initiative established in January 2014 to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance. The project conducts and supports independent research on Internet-related dimensions of global public policy. I’m pleased that we were able to publish more than forty independent research papers. Chaired by Carl Bildt, the Commission informs feasible and concrete policy recommendations for the future of Internet governance, by providing a framework for “One Internet” that is inclusive, trustworthy, safe and open for everyone. To reach this goal the Commission focused its recommendations on issues of online privacy, digital rights, cybersecurity, internet freedom and access.
Dr. Derrick Cogburn, AU SIS associate professor and executive director of the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy, is attending the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on the Overall Review of the Implementation of the Outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) from 15-16 December 2015 at UN headquarters in New York. The meeting discusses WSIS outcomes implementation, including progress, challenges and future actions.
Dr. Derrick Cogburn is speaking at the United Nations for “Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People of All Abilities” to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2015. The day-long event is hosted at UN Headquarters in New York and will focus on three subthemed panel discussions: making cities inclusive and accessible for all; improving disability data and statistics; and including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development. Dr. Cogburn is speaking during “Operationalizing the 2030 agenda for sustainable development with regard to data, statistics and indicators for persons with disabilities” from 1:00pm-2:30pm ET.