What is Internet Governance?


You know, each new wave of technology
produces a lot of new issues. Issues like privacy, security,
freedom of expression, protection of intellectual property. All these are issues
which have to be settled in a way. But they can not be settled anymore
by governments alone. So we have to come up
with a way to bring everybody that’s connected
and concerned together to actually
discuss those things. And this was the reason why
the Internet Governance Forum was established five years ago. The formation of the IGF
came out of a vigorous dispute between a number of players including governments,
civil society and the technical community,
and the business community, around the WSIS, which was the
World Summit on the Information Society. And they began to realize
that instead of working in parallel, they should be working
collaboratively. And so the
multi-stakeholder dialogue emerged from this
confrontational approach, and you need then a platform
for such a dialogue. – Like the IGF,
where all those people connect : Civil society, users,
governments, technical people
who understand how it works. – We need to talk to each other
and find out where our various interests and concerns lie. The multi-stakeholder thing
is… … very much the way
the internet works. It’s the way it was built. It was very much
‘Bring everybody together’… So I think it’s…
– It’s a code-word, for : We’re meeting,
and talking, and sharing information,
and problem-solving ahead rather than retroactively
dealing with problems. Governments very often get together
with other governments, technical people very often get together
with other technical people… This brings everybody together
to talk about those things all at once, so we don’t see a whole series
of separate silos trying to solve the problem
on their own. That’s why this is important. EURid is here
at the IGF conference to listen to the stakeholders
of the internet, to hear their concerns…
– And it’s important to understand their concerns based on
their impression of the technology… – And to take that with us, to work that into
our strategy for the coming years. And it is in fact
perhaps more time-consuming. Particularly because
we have to spend a lot more time talking with other people,
who we don’t agree with, and we have to
make decisions jointly. They would have to be
discussed somewhere. We see this as the best way
of getting all the relevant parties to those kind of problems. We have a lot of issues,
going from the digital divide to … – Human rights,
and it’s about accessibility, and … – How are we going to get
the last billion people on the internet? – 500 million people on Facebook, and issues like privacy concerns
are now flying around. – The concept of the right to be forgotten and how that could be implemented
on the internet. – Security, freedom of expression,
protection of intellectual property… – We’re looking at, for example,
maniging the critical internet resources. – Criminals also take advantage
of the technology … How do you handle the implications
of all these new waves of technology? The internet, of course,
for the end-users is a commodity. – But it means, while you are happy
that your internet works, your iPhone, iPad or whatever…
– This is why we are here. If we understand each other
we can work with each other and we can make the internet
continue to work. This is technically
the last Internet Governance Forum in its current mandate. IGF’s success,
is one demonstrating its value across enough members
on a continuing basis so that its mandate
is essentially reaffirmed. The United Nations needs to decide
what’s going to happen next. – That decision is probably not
going to happen today, it’s going to happen
towards the end of the year. And in fact, some of the
developing countries have asked : Is there a way that we can better
harness the practices, so that we can use
them at home? It’s been a very important space
and forum for us. If the world rushes on with implementing
lots of internet technology, the digital divide
is going to grow absolutely enormous. So I think that is very important. And then of course, looking forward
to hosting everybody in Kenia, because, you know, Kenia has
expressed interest in hosting it. And so, having you all in Nairobi will be very important in terms of
sharing experiences and just bringing all the knowledge
to our region. So I would invite the young people
to come here, and also, I propose to invite Mark Zuckerberg
to come to the IGF, and to explain his policy. Because this is now
a network of 500 million people, and there should be
an internet governance for Facebook. Next year September,
it’s happening in Nairobi.

2 thoughts on “What is Internet Governance?

  1. Hay que acotar que sí se doy en Nairobi el siguiente IGF http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/2011-igf-nairobi

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