[discuss] WEF Global Risks 2014

Adam Peake ajp at glocom.ac.jp
Mon Jan 20 08:56:31 UTC 2014

WEF Global Risks 2014, Ninth Edition http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GlobalRisks_Report_2014.pdf

Some Internet governance related concerns.  

Page 2, summary: 

Three Risks in Focus, third:

"Digital disintegration: So far, cyberspace has proved 
resilient to attacks, but the underlying dynamic of the 
online world has always been that it is easier to attack 
than defend. The world may be only one disruptive 
technology away from attackers gaining a runaway 
advantage, meaning the Internet would cease to be a 
trusted medium for communication or commerce. Fresh 
thinking at all levels on how to preserve, protect and 
govern the common good of a trusted cyberspace must 
be developed. 

Collaborative multistakeholder action is needed..."

and, among other mentions, page 40:

"Concerns about the US hosting ICANN, the main 
governance body for the Internet, could further fuel a 
Balkanization of the Internet. This trend is also apparent in 
corporate “walled gardens” that attempt to lock users in or 
restrict what software can be run in the walled environment, 
and provisions by governments to block preferential market 
access to IT firms in other countries."


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