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

parminder parminder at itforchange.net
Mon Mar 17 12:37:34 UTC 2014

> Le 16/03/14 21:28, Steve Crocker a écrit :
>> [...] The question has already been asked and I’ll ask again.  What is the specific problem about being subject to US law?  As a general matter, rule of law is usually considered one of the U.S.’s very strongest qualities.[...]


As an American you are surely familiar with the slogan 'no taxation 
without representation'. That particular political expression is a sub 
set of 'no legislation without representation'. Or is it that these old 
fashioned ideas are no longer valid in the emerging brave new world, a 
post-democratic world.


> Dear Steve,
> Thanks for your very interesting and clarifying technical comments.
> But about this precise point of trust, a large part of the world could
> consider that US law is good *for US*.
> Because of a bunch of recent laws that extend extraterritoriality and
> allow surveillance.
> And because precisely, the high technical qualities require US lawyers...
> And because the USA are far and strange for a lot of people.
> And because other countries have also good laws.
> All these points feed mistrust.
> Exactly as a mirror: some US laws are fed of mistrust. And some
> practices shew abuses.
> Some of American great analysts themselves say it: the US have been
> making mistakes at least since 10 years.
> So, IMHO, the first question could be: how could we build again some trust?
> I think that, perhaps, chosing one common goal could help. But in order
> to operate, it must be a bit out of the Internet management game.
> And it must include civil society. Not only negociators for trade treaties.
> That was the sense of my group's contribution to NetMundial.
> Sorry if I disturbed. I saw some light and I entered the house ;-)
> @+, best regards, Dominique

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