[discuss] ICANN policy and "Internet Governance"

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Sun Jan 5 22:36:36 UTC 2014

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From: Michel Gauthier [mailto:mg at telepresse.com] 
>This is something that many have many times explained; "global" means for most 
>"US global control". This is exactly what the world learned recently to distrust. 

To me, global means not "inter-national," not "unilateral," but  non-national - excluding also the US, which is after all just another nation-state. 

So when the Montevideo statement calls for globalization of the IANA function it was calling for precisely the opposite of "US global control." 
> keeping using the word "global Internet governance" is a (certainly proud, but 
>unambiguous) signal that the Sao Paulo target is to affirm the US leadership on the Internet.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Do you really think the Brazilians are interested in affirming US leadership? 

>Is this something that the member of this list confirm? 
> This would confirm the purpose of this list as many analysts understand it.

I would not only not confirm it, I would emphatically deny it.

Milton Mueller
Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies

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