With a slight delay, I would like to share video footage of the workshop I organized at the last IGF in Vilnius. This is the same workshop for which I was seeking your input about a month and a half ago.
We had a great group of people. On the one hand, there were young people from different parts of the world. On the other hand, there were more senior Internet thinkers and practitioners. Here is the full list of participants (in alphabetical order):
Bill Graham, Global Strategic Engagement, the Internet Society (ISOC)
‘Gbenga Sesan, Paradigm New Nigeria
Drew Smith, Student at Elon Univeristy and participant in Imagining the Internet project
Grace Bomu, Young Kenyan lawyer, secretary of the ICT Consumers Association of Kenya, and cultural activist
Laura DeNardis, Yale Information Society Project
Marie Casey, Elected female representative at the ITU Youth Forum of future leaders, Geneva, 2009
Nii Narku Quaynor, Ghana.com
Rafik Dammak, Tokyo University
Vinton G. Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google
Vladimir Radunovic, Diplo Foundation
Ian Peter, who chaired the last year workshop on Internet Governance, was also supposed to take part in the workshop, but unfortunately he was not able to make it to Vilnius.
I hoped to be able to share a report from the workshop here, but other tasks take priority at the moment and I will be posting the report later. I do think we had a very interesting and lively discussion, so I thought at this point I will just share the video footage of the event. If you have a couple of hours to spare, I think you will find this engaging.
As always, your thoughts and comments are most welcome!
The idea is very simple. We are going to have a group of very smart people. Some of them are internet pioneers from different countries, some of them are established researchers, and some are well known practitioners. We will also have a group of young, less known (yet) people, whose activism and professional lives are related to the internet in one way or another. The panel itself is quite large and we are also counting on having a very diverse and engaging audience from the IGF community.
So, the plan is to have a discussion among the panelists and then involve the floor, about core internet values and principles. The question is not only what those values and principles might be, but whether the perception of these values and principles varies across generations and what that may mean for the future of internet-related policies.
This is where I would really appreciate an input from anyone reading these lines. What do you think are the core values and principles of the internet where we can find the widest gaps across generations?
One example may be the notion of privacy. I think since online social networks became popular there is an ongoing debate about how the younger generations’ perceptions of privacy online differ from that of their parents. We all heard Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement that the age of privacy is over. But is it so for everyone?
What are the core values and principles of the internet that you still hold dear? Which ones do you think were important in the past, but are no longer important?
Over the past few months I had the pleasure of working with a great group of people on planning the next symposium of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network. The final program is now available online and I am also posting it below. I think it will be a very interesting day and if you are interested in internet governance, you should definitely try to participate (there should be options for remote participation announced soon).
I have more Internet Governance Forum related updates, which I will post soon. In the meantime, here is the program of the symposium, which will take place on September 13th:
9:15-10:30PANEL1: Internet governance theory and issue
Moderador: William Drake, Centre for International Governance of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva
PengHwa Ang and Natalie Pang. Going Beyond Talk: Can International Internet Governance Work?
Everton Lucero. Global Governance of Critical Internet Resources: A Perspective from the South
Jean-marie Chenou. Multistakeholderism or elitism ? The creation of a transnational field of Internet governance
10:30-11:00Poster session and coffee break
11:00-12:15PANEL 2: State power and Internet governance
Moderator: Rolf Webber , European Law Institute and the Center for Information and Communication Law at the University of Zurich
Joanna Kulesza. State responsibility for acts of cyber-terrorism
Jeremy Shtern. Models of Global Internet Governance and the Projection of State Power: The Case of Facebook and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Lorena Jaume-Palasi and Ben Wagner. Nosy preferences of Google and China: Modelling an internet governance conflict using Amartya Sen’s liberal paradox
12:30-13:30Lunch – Sponsored by MIT Press. Welcome speech given by William Drake, editor of the MIT Press series on “The information revolution and global politics” and Milton Mueller, author of the newly released book, “Networks and States: the Global Politics of Internet Governance.”
13:30-14:45 PANEL 3: Interaction of technology, operations and governance