Who rules the internet and how? These were the topics of this day with this agenda.
- Governance vs Government seems to be the issue!
- That means Public Interest and Public Policy vs Vested Interests…!
The first person I spoke with introduced me to the Individual Users Association and I mentioned my recent experiences:
- suffering from what used to be a ‘sexy’ domain name but has become unnecessarily expensive;
- not suffering from HOSTING or CLOUD companies when they go bust;
- for we’re ‘governed’ by what’s dishonest with our money system – not the myth of governments… But who understands that? And who wants to know?
- The introduction was given by Baroness Fritchie, Chair, Nominet. She started by pointing out one of the cultural UK-US differences: how people begin to occupy chairs in an empty room…
- The US version of Internet Governance was explained by Lawrence Strickling who stressed democratic and ‘multi-stakeholder’ governance which requires CONSENSUS based on SHARED DECISIONS.
- Here’s the NetMundial Stakeholder Statement.
- It appears that e-democracy is more likely to happen than the fake political democracy we’re experiencing, for economic democracy is what we’re truly lacking. However, mind the gap between the quality not just the geography of stakeholders:
- individuals and organisations
- NGOs and SMEs
- local, regional, national and multi-national corporations
- governments of large and small economies…
- Prosperity, innovation and free expression are the noble ideals with which Lawrence Strickling ended his talk!
- Ed Vaizey MP, Former Minister for Culture,Communications and Creative Industries was next.