[discuss] WEF Global Risks 2014

Adam Peake ajp at glocom.ac.jp
Mon Jan 20 11:46:49 UTC 2014

Hi Joe,

On Jan 20, 2014, at 6:24 PM, joseph alhadeff wrote:

> Adam:
> 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...

You're right about the context of the quote - certainly not a central risk. Apologies for any mis-direction, not intentional.  More interesting are references to the value of multistakeholder + words such as collaboration, communication.


> 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...
> Best-
> Joe
> 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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