FSFE submissions to IGF: Sovereign Software and Free Software Essentials

Last night the deadline for submissions to the first meeting of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) ran out — and just in time I finished my last submission on behalf of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE).

Still feeling a little groggy from the sprint over the finish line, I think some of [...]

IP-Watch Monthly Reporter on Development Agenda and IGF

In case you are interested to follow what is going on at the United Nations: Despite its name, which unfortunately adds to the confusion around this area, the articles by the Intellectual Property Watch (IP-Watch) Team are a very useful resource to follow the proceedings in various fora.

The March issue of their “Monthly [...]

WIPO PCDA1: Morning of day four and statement by the FSFE

The third day of the Provisional Committee on a Development Agenda (PCDA) for WIPO started with the Brazilian delegation further taking apart the US proposal. Most of the morning session then went to the further discussion of the proposal, during which some interesting statements were made.

Argentina pointed out that violation of limited industrial monopolies [...]

Provisional Committee on a Developent Agenda for WIPO, Day Two

The second day of the Provisional Committee on a Development Agenda (PCDA) for WIPO is now over, and despite the voiced concerns of many people I spoke to, it did enter substantive discussion.

Theoretically the proposal of the African group was supposed to be discussed first. But as they needed some more time for [...]

Internet Governance Forum, End of Day 2 and Conclusions

The second and final day of the consultations on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) that was mandated by Kofi Annan following the conclusions of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), is now over. If you wish to know what was said, you could go and read the transcripts of the morning [...]

Internet Governance Forum Day 2: More discussions and a statement by FSFE

The second day of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Geneva has started just like the last day has ended, with an open discussion on where, how and in which form the IGF should take place.

After hearing what has been discussed here throughout the the last one and a half days, I decided to [...]

Internet Governance Forum Day 1: Many discussions, few conclusions

Having been mandated by the Tunis phase of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the first day of the consultations on the establishment of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is coming to an end in Geneva.

The first day was generally devoted to an open debate and exchange of views, and [...]

Following the Consultations on the Internet Govenance Forum (IGF) in Geneva

The United Nations premises in Geneva currently host the preliminary consultations on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which came out of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

 Right now the discussions mostly focus on the question of defining this new forum, and find out what it should be concerned with, and in which [...]

Copyright perspectives: obligation to publish and DRM?

There have been a couple of interesting articles and statements regarding Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) that I would like to share with you and comment on. One was a blog entry by Shane, titled "DRM is not evil. People are evil" and another one was a statement by Nick Ashton-Hart on behalf of (quote from [...]

Fellowup on Vienna Manipulations

There has been quite a bit of very positive response to the GROKLAW article and the "Fellow Me: Say NO! to Vienna Manipulations" call. Thanks a lot to everyone who has written, raised awareness and joined the Fellowship!

Also, thanks to those who improved the Fellow Me button — here is another version by Leon [...]