[discuss] Funding for developing economies as an Ig policy issue? was Re:[ ] Time to be ...
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Wed Jan 8 21:56:03 UTC 2014
I join Mathieu to thanks Louis for raising this important topic. The idea of creation of an Internet Development Fund has been around for sometime and It will be great to make it happen. This will not only help funding LDC participating to IG related meetings but also support the development of the Internet in those countries by funding concrete projects on the field (IXP, DNS industry, Internet Business incubator...).
Many initiatives have been developed separately (ISOC, ICANN, AFNIC, AfRINIC...) to achieve the same goal and it will be great to put them together and create a synergy.
Will keep following this discussion.
Once again, thanks Louis for putting it on the table.
Internet Governance Specialist
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> On Jan 7, 2014, at 12:09 PM, Mathieu Weill <mathieu.weill at afnic.fr> wrote:
> Thanks Louis for raising this topic about developing economies.
> While not per se a governance issue, the gap between economies has an influence on participation in Internet governance. So the issues are related.
> With regards to the benefits of being connected, a good illustration is this study about the impact of Internet exchange points in Nigeria and Kenya commissioned by ISOC.
> Le 07/01/2014 10:38, Mawaki Chango a écrit :
>>> On Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 8:53 AM, Nick Ashton-Hart <nashton at ccianet.org> wrote:
>>> I would add that beyond their participation in meetings I’m particularly interested in how they get the benefits of actually being connected..
>> So am I. To my recollection a (preliminary) study came out during the WCIT process in December 2012 on the topic of the economic impact of the internet in Africa. As I recall, it seemed to me hastily put together probably triggered by that window of opportunity and for the purposes of political campaign. A few months ago I came across some ad by the Economic Commission for Africa searching for a consultant to research about the same topic. I'm not sure where they are at, but would be interested in the outcome and any follow-up recommendations.
>> I would have a word of caution about the idea that ICANN should partner with existing organizations working on development issues in the concerned regions --not that I think such partnership wouldn't be a good thing to do. Provided it is not intended to do what those organizations are already working on, but to closely focus Internet-related (and maybe even Internet-native) issues. I would rather see any such funding go to research and to promoting Internet-based entrepreneurship (including providing funding support to start-ups in ways that fill the gap left by the lack of venture and angel capitalists in these regions, but also complement the typical approach of the angel capital market with, say, a higher level of tolerance for experimentation given the relative level of uncertainty in our market mechanisms.) In any case we still need some serious research and evidence to clearly see (through) what we are or are supposed to be celebrating.
>>> It seems to me that objective is also not being realised - note the recent ITU statistics that the 40 countries who are doing the least-well on ICT usage and adoption and the 25% of the world population who live in them are falling behind vis a vis the digital divide, not catching up.
>>> On 6 Jan 2014, at 18:17, Louis Pouzin (well) <pouzin at well.com> wrote:
>>>> Helping financially Less Developed Countries (LDC) has been a recurring topic since early WSIS meetings. However governments and well funded institutions have heroically snowed all debates initiated on the subject.
>>>> I published a few times an article,
>>>> FINANCING LDCs IN THE WSIS PROCESS
>>>> A french version is available at http://www.eurolinc.eu/spip.php?article76
>>>> Good luck LDCs
>>>> - - -
>>>>> On Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 11:19 PM, Michel Gauthier <mg at telepresse.com> wrote:
>>>>> Dear Steve,
>>>>> Is this really decent to talk of $100MM for the management of a small Excell table?
>>>>> Just because a lawyer and a few politcians managed a monopolistic scarcity instead of an open global competition?
>>>>> There are billions of people around the world who are identified by their name and forename. Without paying a tax to a costly ASCII non-profit for that. What is the ICANN proposition to change that? Free life domain names for every non-commercial person? Non-profit gTLD? ICANN ICP-3 multi-root competition?
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