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Inauguration of the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Today is the first day of the inauguration meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Athens, Greece. The IGF is an outcome of the second phase of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and follows … Continue reading

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WIPO General Assembly: Broadcasting Treaty, Development Agenda and better NGO participation

Because FSFE is about to open an office in Z├╝rich and we’re also preparing some interesting actions for next week, I’m currently quite pressed for time. That is why I decided to shorten my stay at the WIPO General Assembly … Continue reading

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Misplaced obsession?

It appears that some people still have difficulties with all this new technology. Take Tom Giovanetti of the IPI, for instance. The IPI is a group that is sponsored by (and therefore speaks along the lines of interest of) some … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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WIPO PCDA2: Process derailed, future unclear

Although I could not attend the last day in person, from this article on IP-Watch it appears that the Development Agenda process has apparently been derailed by yesterdays breakup [1, 2] as a reaction to the proposal of the chair. … Continue reading

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WIPO PCDA2: Free Software: Feedback to our work, and perspectives

Besides the highly controversial plenary discussion, which seems to have led to a stalemate at the current point in time, there were some very interesting points at this PCDA meeting in relation to the work FSFE has been doing at … Continue reading

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WIPO PCDA2: Silence in the plenary

It is a very unusual occurence if the chair opens the floor for comments, and there is no reaction for several minutes. A room full of more than 150 delegations in silence is a very strange experience, especially since they … Continue reading

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WIPO PCDA2: Escalation on day four: What is the future of the Development Agenda?

The Provisional Committee on Proposals Related to a WIPO Development Agenda (PCDA/2) took place this week at the WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland. As in February [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] and the year before, FSFE was at the meeting … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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WSJ’s “Patently Absurd” and how it relates to the Development Agenda

Today’s Wall Street Journal Online carries a very interesting article that should also be on page 14 of the printed edition, titled "Patently Absurd". The article shows how the patent system, once set up to further innovation and strengthen economy, … Continue reading

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