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JUNE DISCUSSIONS
  
The following text is excerpted from an ongoing discussion on the IGF Advisory Group mailing list. The only changes made relate to an effort to anonymize the comments in respect of the Chatham House rule and separate issues related to logistics and internal procedures. The discussion took place from 1 - 30 June, 2009
 
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(Markus Kummer) 
Dear colleagues,  
The CSTD discussed the WSIS follow-up at its Twelfth Session on 25-29 May 2009. I was invited to give a presentation of the IGF's work on the first day (my statement is attached to this email) and the discussions on the IGF were, on the whole, very positive and encouraging.  At the end of the week the CSTD adopted a resolution which is now available in form of an "advance unedited version" on the UNCTAD Web site. Para 15-17 refer to the IGF: http://www.unctad.org/en/docs/ecn162009-Resolution_en.pdf
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(Writer A)
All, I would like to invite those of you coming to ICANN Sydney to attend a series of events auDA will be hosting on Saturday, 20 June 2009. At 1:00pm, auDA and InternetNZ will launch the “2009 Australia and New Zealand Internet Best Practice Awards” – an initiative designed to recognise individuals, companies and organisations that have contributed to the security, openness, accessibility and diversity of the Internet.  At 2:30pm, auDA will convene three expert panels to discuss:-         The background and achievements of the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum,-Regional and national events feeding into the IGF, and-The IGF’s future mandate and role. The events will be held at Function Rooms 4 &5, Level 4, Sydney Hilton, 488 George St, Sydney. These are open sessions and ICANN Sydney attendees, potential Best Practice Award applicants and all stakeholders interested in learning more about the governance of the Internet are welcome to attend. For more information, please refer to the attached documentation or contact auDA’s Public Affairs Officer, Paul Szyndler at [email protected]
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(Markus Kummer) 
Dear colleagues,  
You may be interested in learning that the Council of Europe (CoE) held a Ministerial Meeting in Reykjavik on 28-29 May on Media and New Communication Services. Its underlying theme was how the Internet affects traditional media. In this context the Conference also discussed Internet governance and specifically recognized the IGF as a reference point. “In their standard-setting work, member states are inspired by the Tunis Agenda for the information society and the United Nations-led Internet Governance Forum (IGF).”  The resolution also welcomes the “European IGF” - the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) - and expressed the CoE’s support for regional pan-European initiatives and “IGF-like meetings at the pan-European level”.  Please find below the link to the political declaration and resolutions adopted by the Conference:  http://www.ministerialconference.is/media/images/MCM2009011_en_final_web...
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(Writer A)
Markus, Well, that is excellent and bodes well for our discussions in Sydney on Saturday about a Pacific IGF. 
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(Writer B) 
Dear Colleagues: I attached the opinion of Article 29 Working Party on Social Network adopted in June 12, 2009.As an expert advisory group, it might worth to take a look to the document. For those who are not familiar with Article 29. It is an independent European advisory body on data protection and privacy. Its tasks are described in Article 30 of Directive 95/46/EC and Article 15 of Directive 2002/58/EC.The secretariat is provided by Directorate D (Fundamental Rights and Citizenship) of the European Commission, Directorate General Justice, Freedom and Security.
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(Writer B)  
Dear all: Today, EPIC, testified before the US House Oversight Committee on Identity Theft.Those suggestions are also applicable at the international level.  EPIC Urges Comprehensive Strategy for ID Theft--- With ID theft rapidly increasing in the United States, EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg today urged a Congressional Committee to address the root causes of the problem. In a testimony before the  House Oversight Committee, Mr. Rotenberg said that the government typically acts only after the crime has occurred and warned that the problem will get worse if current trends continue. EPIC recommended a comprehensive strategy for ID Theft that would include: (1) Establishing privacy safeguards for web 2.0 services; (2) Ensuring privacy protections for outsourcing; (3) Enacting comprehensive privacy legislation; (4) Making privacy protection a focal point of cyber security policy; and (5) Developing better techniques for Identity Management. Read: Testimony and Statement for the Record of Marc Rotenberg, EPIC, Executive Director, EPIC  Hearing on “Identity Theft: A Victim’s Bill of Rights”:http://epic.org/privacy/idtheft/epic_idtheft_rotenberg_6-09.pdf EPIC pages on Identity Theft: http://epic.org/privacy/idtheft

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