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[Future of the Internet workshop] OECD Discussion Forum -- Forum Contribution from Italy

 

[Future of the Internet workshop] OECD Discussion Forum -- Input into OECD discussion, Luisa Francha.

Following the request for input regarding the future of the Internet, I will respond with my views on question number 1 and 4.

1. The Internet is now a critical infrastructure and a global platform for communication and commerce. What should be the role of governments in its development and management?

In principle, the government should not interfere directly in the development and management of the Internet, but it should help enable it, but also help protect the users. Here are some points that come to mind:

  • Where needed, define and clarify the responsibilities in new services, e.g. IP telephony.
  • Develop expertise within the public administration in order to have the skill needed to survey the development and identify where resources and actions are needed.
  • Instantiate funds for research and development in internet technologies within the specific areas that are prioritised. Support existing organizations.
  • Provide guidelines for users, companies, ISPs, etc.
  • Encourage collaboration between organizations, e.g. ISPs and power supply companies, in order to enable solutions for failure situations.
  • Create frameworks for collaboration between countries
  • If we want IPv6, then ISPs need to be encouraged/pushed to implement it

4. The Internet is perceived as not being secure, nor does it protect privacy. What steps should be taken to improve security and privacy and by whom?

This is mostly a problem of user education and skill. For instance, users need to have enough skill in order to decide whether a certain service can be trusted or not. The government should play a role in providing ways for users to inform themselves, but it should also put some minimum requirements on the users and server providers.

  • The government should provide services, such as Govcert, and more easy-to-use guidelines in order to help Internet users - companies, private users, public entities, etc. - keep up to date.
  • Service providers should take more responsibility in blocking spam/spammers and viruses.
  • There needs to be standardization efforts to create solutions such as the Sender-ID/SPF.
  • The government could help in making some essential security services available freely - support open-source anti-virus, and systems and provide information and guidelines for the users
  • Increase responsibility of Internet users - companies connected to the Internet should have a minimum of security mechanisms in place (firewall, anti-virus, etc).

With best regards
Luisa Franchina
General Director ISCOM - Ministry of Communications
Rome – Viale America 201

[Future of the Internet workshop] OECD Discussion Forum -- Input into OECD discussion, Daniela Battisti.

Following up the requests of comments, please find below some inputs:

1. The Internet is now a critical infrastructure and a global platform for communication and commerce. What should be the role of governments in its development and management?

Although the Government should interfere as less as possible, it should ensure the openess of the internet and equal treatment to all traffic that passes over the networks.

 

5. Ubiquitous networks are being deployed. What are the drivers of these developments? What will be the impacts on individuals and society?

The ubiquitous network and the distribution of data impose new ethical and social questions from issues of privacy and security to more practical aspects such as the need for power supply /sources and energy harvesting systems that support the infrastructure. The investigation of these issues should proceed in a cross-sectoral fashion. 

Dott.ssa Daniela Battisti
Coordinatore Centro Studi
Ministro per l'Innovazione e le Tecnologie

Daniela Battisti Ph.D.
Coordinator of the Research and Studies Office
Minister for Innovation and Technologies

 

 

 

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