[discuss] [governance] Re: U.S. to Give Up Oversight of Web Policymaking Body

Ali Hussein ali at hussein.me.ke
Sat Mar 15 03:34:15 UTC 2014

Even as the US signals its willingness to give up oversight of the Internet to a global multi-stakeholder constituent I can't seem to help but wonder whether I should repeat the old adage:-

'Be careful what you wish for'.

In the aftermath of Snowdenia it is not unreasonable for us to have had the knee jerk reactions of the kind that erupted all over the world. Now the Multi-stakeholder community must have sober discourse, which must involve private sector for profit and do gooders, governments and the citizenry of the world at large. Even when this discourse degenerates to a Tower of Babel we must not loose sight of the ultimate goal:-

A Free, Borderless Internet where information and commerce flows without the overpowering big brother oversight that the likes of Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Iran seem to be advocating and which the US has been stealthily practicing behind everyone's back.

Can we rise up to the challenge? 

Ali Hussein

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> On Mar 15, 2014, at 6:20 AM, Pranesh Prakash <pranesh at cis-india.org> wrote:
> McTim [2014-03-14 18:43]:
>> This is a very large step. am hoping all those who decry the use of the
>> term "globalisation" of Internet Governance will rejoice in its use here.
> McTim, I'd be interested in knowing why exactly you see this as being "a very large step".
> In practical terms, what do you see as the significant and important changes this will lead to?
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