Following my dissertation work on the global Internet Governance Forum, I got really fascinated by the growing phenomenon of regional and national IGF initiatives. Particularly, thinking about the possible impacts of the IGF project, this phenomenon to me is the most tangible outcome. I’ve been talking about conducting a review of the regional and national IGFs with a number of people active in the Internet governance space and actually started interviewing some of the organizers of the regional and national IGFs. Recently I learned that Brandie Martin Nonnecke wrote an excellent dissertation looking at some of the African initiatives, which suggests that there is “meat” to this subject.
It is that time of the year again when GigaNet is soliciting proposals for presentations at its 8th annual symposium. This time it will take place in Bali, Indonesia and the main focus of the event will be on cyber-security and state control of the Internet. But don’t get discourage if you are not working in one of these areas, the program committee welcomes submissions on other topics as well.
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?
There is a lot going on, so here is another digest. It starts with some feedback from the recent open consultations for the upcoming IGF. Then it includes links to some studies, including the recently released Berkman report on broadband policy and then to some interesting opinions about the role of content piracy in technology adoption and about the link between net neutrality and job creation. And of course, as usual, some fun stuff