[discuss] JustNet Coalition contribution on Roadmap for the further evolution of the internet governance ecosystem for Netmundial.br
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Fri Mar 14 09:56:07 UTC 2014
At 00:35 14-03-2014, parminder wrote:
>To understand how the proposal from Just Net Coalition helps
>developing countries one needs to first understand 'what and who'
>shapes the evolution of the Internet today, as the Internet itself
>shapes our larger social structures, whereby the impact of this
>'what and who' goes rather far and deep...
>To keep it brief, it is my understanding that the following key
>political and economic forces shape the Internet today, in the
>decreasing order of impact;
>Extravagant profit motives of a few global corporation, almost all US based;
>The laws and policies of the US, which are enforced, overtly and
>subtly, on these global corporation; and,
>Policy framework of some clubs of rich countries, like the OECD and
>CoE (for instance, OCED's principles for Internet policy making).
>There is huge nexus between 1 and 2, which together constitute the
>most powerful, in fact, quite overwhelming, force shaping the
>Internet today. Meanwhile, the US is largely able to bull-dodge its
>way with regard to 3 above as well.
Thank you for the explanation.
>Apart from the above, Internet technical standards and critical
>resource management bodies, also have a strong impact. These bodies
>have swung between doing extremely good work to frequent capture by
>the above corporate interests. In my view, their public policy
>oversight while important is relatively the lesser problem right now
>as compared to other issues listed above.
>Now, before we move forward to frame a response to the basic
>question you asked, 'how does the Just Net Coalition's (JNC)
>proposal help developing countries', we need to form some level of
>agreement on two propositions.
>The above is largely the right picture of the forces that are
>shaping the Internet today.
>Things are not going in the right directions with the evolution of
>the Internet vis a vis canons of equity and social justice (for
>instance, 10 top websites had respectively 25, 50 and 75 percent of
>the total page views in the US in 2000, 2005 and 2010, and things
>have gone considerably worse since).
>If you strongly disagree with either of the above two propositions,
>JNC's proposal will make no sense to you. But if you do agree, there
>is a lot of ground for us to look at remedial political solutions.
>And I am ready to take up such a discussion, admitting that our
>proposed solution may only be one among many possible, and even
>perhaps not the best one. Our group, in its collective wisdom,
>thought that what is needed in the current context is an
>counter-magnetic field to the highly dominant forces today, that
>would be created by developing an anchor point inside the UN system
>which begins to undertake normative discussions on issues of
>Internet policies, and where needed comes up with higher norms and
>principles (as OECD has come up with), policy frameworks, and as and
>when needed, binding conventions and treaties.As happens with every
>sector in the UN, it will be much more about developing higher norms
>and principles, much fewer policy frameworks and rather infrequent
>conventions or treaties....
I consider the internet as much more than the web. At the moment I
do not have any way to provide input into a UN system. The relevant
government does that. I have been given the privilege to provide
input in one of the technical standard bodies which has been
mentioned in here. I exercise that privilege once in a while. I
probably would not do the above; it's not about disagreement.
>Such a counter magnetic field alone can even begin balancing the
>lopsidedness of the current political and economic model around the
>Internet, and it goes to reason that such a balancing will serve the
>interests of developing countries, in fact of all marginalized
>groups everywhere in the world.I hope you agree.
I will wait to hear the other propositions which aim to help
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