The Malta Internet Governance Forum was officially launched by Ing. Philip Micallef, chairman of the MCA on 1st. June, 2011.
The Malta Internet Forum will provide an organisational platform and will work collaboratively with local stakeholders in the Internet community to ensure a truly representative event befitting the Internet Governance Forum (IGF - http://www.intgovforum.org) global vision. A committee will be formed, with representatives from Malta Communications Authority, Malta Internet Foundation, University of Malta, MCAST, MITA, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, representatives from the main ISPs, representatives from local banks, Cyber Police Squad and Aġenzija Appoġġ. Their role will be to provide their stakeholder perspective and play an active role in reaching out deep within their community to shape the forum and promote active organisation/participation.
Second Internet Governance Forum
The second Malta Internet Governance Forum meeting was held at ‘The Palace Hotel’, High Street, Sliema, on 15th November, 2011.
The forum was opened by Ing. Philip Micallef, Chairman of the Malta Communications Authority who emphasised on how the Internet will continue to change the way we live. He outlined how the Internet enables communication on an unprecedented scale and is woven into billions of lives around the world. Its openness, its inclusiveness, its relative lack of regulation make it a fertile field for innovation and competition, an engine for much needed economic growth. The fact that the Internet works is the ultimate tribute to the multistakeholder governance model.
The main topic of the second forum was Internet safety, child protection, and the challenges for policy-makers for establishing and maintaining policies for the protection of vulnerable groups, particularly children, from online threats. The guest contributor was Mr John Carr who is one of the world’s leading authorities on children's and young people’s use of the internet and associated new technologies. John Carr is a Senior Expert Adviser to the United Nations, an Expert Adviser to the European Union, the European Network and Information Security Agency, and consultant to the Oak Foundation, Geneva. A detailed profile can be viewed at: http://johncarrcv.blogspot.com/
Third Internet Governance Forum
The third Malta Internet Governance Forum meeting was held at ‘The Palace Hotel’, High Street, Sliema, on 28th March, 2012.
The forum was opened by Ing. Philip Micallef, Chairman of the Malta Communications Authority who explained how just six weeks ago, thousands of people took to the streets of freezing European cities to protest against ACTA. The demonstrations were organized entirely in a decentralized manner via the Internet. The participants were mostly very young and took part in a demonstration for the first time. Supporters have described the agreement as a response to the increase in global trade of counterfeit goods and pirated copyright protected works. Opponents say the agreement adversely affects fundamental rights, including freedom of expression and privacy.
The forum was then preceded by a presentation and discussion on ACTA and other Internet rules that could shape the way we use the Internet. The discussion was led by Professor Reinhard Posch who is member of many professional societies and has received several awards among those the IFIP Silver Core and the ID Peoples Award 2006. He is also one of the world’s leading authorities on e-Government and electronic systems. Within the i2010 framework, Professor Posch participated in the e-Government subgroup, taking the lead in e-Identities and interoperability of electronic documents. Professor Posch was appointed coordinator for the electronic citizen card, a signature based smart card, by the Austrian government and headed “Digital Austria”, a coordination body for ICT in public administration and E-Government in Austria.
Presentation (PDF) - delivered by Professor Reinhard Posch