Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
Strengthening the trust framework, including information security and network security, authentication, privacy and consumer protection, is a prerequisite for the development of the Information Society and for building confidence among users of ICTs.
It is necessary to prevent the use of information resources and technologies for criminal and terrorist purposes, while respecting human rights.
Spam and cyber-security should be dealt with at appropriate national and international levels.
as Internet policies are developed at ICANN, the interests of families, children, consumers, victims of cybercrime, religions and cultures become better represented. For the new technology society, we need carefully to craft mechanisms involving law and industry that balance unfettered free speech and anonymity with some protections against exploitation of the most vulnerable, the ability to address and reduce criminal activity, and . . . the right of Internet users to have choices in the nature of their access.
Freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of [a democratic] society, one of the basic conditions for its progress and for the development of every man.... [I]t is applicable not only to ‘information’ or ‘ideas’ that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also to those which offend, shock or disturb the State or any other sector of the population. Such are the demands of pluralism, tolerance and broadmindedness without which there is no ‘democratic society’.(10)
"The risks minors face online are complex and multifaceted and are in most cases not significantly different than those they face offline, and ... as they get older, minors themselves contribute to some of the problems"
The biggest threats to children's safety online may come from other children, and that their own behavior could contribute to the trouble they encounter.
"Minors are not equally at risk online," the report said. "Those who are most at risk often engage in risky behaviors and have difficulties in other parts of their lives."
Internet Safety Act Would Make Us Less Safe (ABC News)
US Internet Safety Act (Proposed)
ISPs and Wifi providers to be required to store information about your online activities for at least 2 years to enable law enforcement to use legal process to identify and track you down
That stockpile [of data] would be a goldmine for exploitation
Private Parties, Marketers Could Clamor for Access
Dangerous Global precedence for repressive regimes
Enforcing the Laws Already on the Books is sufficient
We must not let an emotional issue potentially jeopardize the liberties of the citizenry and the privacy of their electronic communications.
"it is a standard of tolerance, not taste … not what Canadians think is right for themselves to see [but] what the community would [not] tolerate others being exposed to on the basis of the degree of harm that may flow from such exposure.”
Vint Cerf (Father of the Internet): Truth and the Internet
The Internet… exposes truth to those who wish to see it. [But some] fear the Internet and its ability to make the truth known.
… the power of the Internet is like a two-edged sword. It can also deliver misinformation and uncorroborated opinion with equal ease. The thoughtful and the thoughtless co-exist side by side in the Internet's electronic universe…
There are no electronic filters that separate truth from fiction... We have but one tool to apply: critical thinking... We truly must think about what we see and hear. We must evaluate and select. We must choose our guides. What better lesson than this to teach our young children to prepare them for a new century of social, economic and technological change?
Let us make a new Century resolution to teach our children to think more deeply about what they see and hear. That, more than any electronic filter, will build a foundation upon which truth can stand.