[discuss] Community Statement Presented at Wuzhen Summit

Milton L Mueller mueller at syr.edu
Wed Nov 26 05:22:21 UTC 2014

Here is a very good statement that was also made at the Wuzhen, PRC state-sponsored, invitation-only summit:

From: Izumi AIZU <iza at anr.org<mailto:iza at anr.org>>
Date: 2014-11-21 10:59 GMT+09:00
Subject: My reservation to Wuzhen Declaration
To: Organizing Committee of World Internet Conference <info at wicwuzhen.cn<mailto:info at wicwuzhen.cn>>

Dear Sir/madam,

I have been enjoying the WIC so much. Thank you for creating and sharing this wonderful event.

I agree with the theme - Internet governance for all - or Interconnected world shared and governed by all. I appreciate the open dialogue sessions.

Now, to the Wuzhen Declaration, I would like to make following comments for the record as an active member of the Civil Society engaged in Internet Governance and Information Society issues and make my humble reservation.

First, getting the draft in the middle of the night and the deadline of 8 am for any revision is impossible to accommodate. This is against the spirit of "shared and governed by all".

Second, there is no mention of "Multistakeholder" process or approach which has been well accepted by most, if not all, of stakeholders at ICANN, IGF, and other international fora for Internet governance mechanisms. Even though there are a lot of room for improvement and reform, simply ignoring this principle from the declaration, in my view, will greatly discredit the value of our declaration.

Also, there is no reference to WSIS Tunis Agenda, people-centered information society, that is a mistake.

No mention of UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights also severely undermines the value and effect.

There is too much emphasis on economic and technological potential of the Internet, but far less views expressed to social, human and cultural dimensions Internet will contribute.

Following points are also observed:

- Consensus is missing from international cooperation

- Internet as an permissionless innovation environment

- Accountable participation as part of cyber security activities

- Advancement of Internet technology should build on global rough consensus of the engineering technical community (not politics)

- Internet as an economy of growth and that China should play a bigger role to help developing countries from her experience

With these reasons, I like to make my reservation on record.

I also like to mention the statement we co-signed:

"Community Statement Presented at Wuzhen Summit"


Thank you for your attention and understanding, I still remain committed and connected with your great effort.

Izumi Aizu
Senior Research Fellow and Professor,
Institute for InfoSocionomics, Tama University, Tokyo

From: discuss-bounces at 1net.org [mailto:discuss-bounces at 1net.org] On Behalf Of Pablo Hinojosa
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 9:46 PM
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Subject: Re: [discuss] Community Statement Presented at Wuzhen Summit


Here is a short blogpost after the Wuzhen Summit:



From: Anne-Marie Eklund-Löwinder <anne-marie.eklund-lowinder at iis.se<mailto:anne-marie.eklund-lowinder at iis.se>>
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 10:12 PM
To: James Seng <james.seng at gmail.com<mailto:james.seng at gmail.com>>, "discuss at 1net.org<mailto:discuss at 1net.org> List" <discuss at 1net.org<mailto:discuss at 1net.org>>, At-Large Worldwide <at-large at atlarge-lists.icann.org<mailto:at-large at atlarge-lists.icann.org>>, "<ccwg-internet-governance at icann.org<mailto:ccwg-internet-governance at icann.org>>" <ccwg-internet-governance at icann.org<mailto:ccwg-internet-governance at icann.org>>, "Ianatransition at Icann. Org<mailto:Ianatransition at Icann.%20Org>" <ianatransition at icann.org<mailto:ianatransition at icann.org>>
Subject: Re: [discuss] Community Statement Presented at Wuzhen Summit

Thank you James, and congratulations. I hope the statement will have the effect that you wish for.

Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder

Från: James Seng [mailto:james.seng at gmail.com]
Skickat: den 22 november 2014 12:52
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Ämne: Community Statement Presented at Wuzhen Summit

Dear all,

I am please to inform you that I have presented the statement at the Wuzhen Summit on the morning session of 21st Nov. For the record, I have also posted the final statement on CircleID as below


The staffer has just informed me that they are please to receive the statement. I was also aware (from other sources) that Minster Lu has read it. I have asked the staffer if they can make any formal acknowledgement or response to our letter.

Thank you all for all the support ;-) I think we made good progress towards an more open Internet in China!

-James Seng
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