[discuss] WEF Global Risks 2014

joseph alhadeff joseph.alhadeff at oracle.com
Mon Jan 20 09:24:15 UTC 2014


Thanks for the link, the report is very interesting.  While the quotes 
are accurate, I would suggest that the second is worlds apart in 
relation to the emphasis of the report.

WEF has noted the issue of ICANN and US as one of the many elements 
which may implicate the overall concern related to the global erosion of 
Trust.  It was not highlighted as a central risk for 2014...

I am not suggesting that it was your intent to draw that conclusion, but 
those that don't reference the report may place more importance on that 
element than is warranted by the report...


On 1/20/2014 3:56 AM, Adam Peake wrote:
> 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."
> Adam
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