[discuss] Just Net Coalition contribution on Principles for Netmundial.br
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Fri Mar 7 13:46:02 UTC 2014
At 02:01 07-03-2014, Norbert Bollow wrote:
>This sounds like you may have misunderstood something... we're not
>making any claim to be "representative of the views from the Southern
>Hemisphere" specifically. Certainly there was an intention that a high
>percentage of participants would be from "Global South" countries (aka
>"developing" countries), and I believe that that goal has been reached,
Thank you for clearing my misunderstanding about
the representative of the views from the Southern ...
>In the context of the Global North / Global South divide which as
>Wikipedia correctly notes  is primarily a socio-economic and
>political divide, I would count the participants on the basis of
>country affiliations as follows: 37 from Global South countries
>(Brazil, Ecuador, India, Phillipnes, Uruguay, Bangladesh, Thailand,
>Kenya) as opposed to 13 from Global North countries (USA, Switzerland,
>France, Ireland, Germany, South Korea, Canada).
I preferred to validate that reference. I found the following:
'The use of the term South to refer to developing countries collectively
has been part of the shorthand of international relations since the 1970s.
It rests on the fact that all of the worlds industrially developed
countries (with the exception of Australia and New Zealand) lie to the
north of its developing countries. The term does not imply that all
developing countries are similar and can be lumped together in one
category. What it does highlight is that although developing countries
range across the spectrum in every economic, social and political
attribute, they all share a set of vulnerabilities and challenges."
It is strange to say that India, Bangladesh,
Thailand, etc. are part of the South. I don't
usually hear people from the Southern Hemisphere
using the term "Global South". Anyway, it is
mentioned that it is shorthand used before the (current) internet.
>It is true that the geographic distribution was not perfect. Among
>Global North countries, "Estern" perspectives were underrepresented
>in relation to "Western" perspectives (in regard to what I call
>"Eastern Global North" perspectives we had only one participant from
>South Korea, but e.g. no-one from Japan), and within the set of Global
>South perspectives, not only as you noted the Southern hemisphere was
>relatively underrepresented, but also e.g. we had no-one from China. So
>there is indeed room for improvement in this regard. This problem is
>related to a significant extent to the issue of travel related
>challenges, in particular the issue of costs, but getting a visa for
>traveling to an international meeting can be a challenge also quite
>independently of the aspect of cost.
I am interested in the public views a person
argues for or against. It is encouraging to see
that you have been transparent about the source
of funding. It is not possible to assess the
perspective(s) the person will provide when the discussions are not open.
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