The Internet, its Governance and (Architectural) Challenges. Markus Kummer Geneva, 17 September 2012. Global Internet Policy at the Crossroads. In recent years we note two contradictory trends: Increased recognition of the Internet model (multistakeholder, bottom-up collaboration);
The Internet, its Governance and (Architectural) Challenges
Geneva, 17 September 2012
In recent years we note two contradictory trends:
The Internet is successful in large part due to its unique model of development and deployment:
A common set of values and processes:
The Internet will be more multilingual:
The new Internet users will have different cultural and societal views and values:
Key year: 1998
WSIS-I: Government take-over bid failed, instead agreement to do some fact-finding --> Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG)
help spread understanding for the multi-stakeholder model.
Endorses multistakeholder model and opens meetings for civil society and the Internet technical community.
Embraces multitakeholder model for its future work on Internet governance.
High level principles supporting the Internet model endorsed by:
- Deauville G8 Meeting / Declaration
- OECD High-Level Meeting
- London Conference on Cyberspace
- Hague Ministerial Conference on Internet Freedom
- UNHRC Special Session on Human Rights and the Internet
- CoE Ministers adopt Internet Governance Strategy
SOPA/PIPA/ACTA: Clash between borderless technology and a traditional business model. Ongoing debate.
Bottom line: need to ensure that we can maintain the elements that have made the Internet such a success to date:
ACTA was a “Wake-Up Call”!
“[…] Now we need to find solutions to make the Internet a place of freedom, openness, and innovation fit for all citizens, not just for the techno avant-garde.” (EU Commissioner Kroes)
- its open architecture;
- its open and collaborative governance model; and,
The neutral behavior of intermediaries is part of these characteristics.
Don’t take the Internet for granted!
There are economic and political pressures that could change the Internet forever.
- the users are the Internet, and they are ready to speak up for the Internet they want!