Shape Your Digital Future
Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Geneva
By invite of Internet Society I attended online the “IGF 2017 Dynamic Coalition on Core Internet values”, as part of the “Internet Governance Forum” happening this week in Geneva. The discussion on Core Internet Values was focused on “Freedom From Harm”. Here are few notes I made.
“The online environment is not necessarily the most safe environment in the world”, Vin Cerf.
Vin Cerf was talking about a “panoplay” of responsibilities that lie in the early stage of design and implementation of Internet pieces and devices all the way down to users in the application space. One can only achieve the goal “Freedom from harm” by a substancial amount of effort across parties and practices. He also pointed out that freedom from harm is not a quarantee.
Live-stream replay: https://goo.gl/N7TKtB
Further on, checking how the multistake holders prapared for the forum, the message from “The Internet Society” for action makes difference:
• We need world leaders to stand up, speak loudly, and show that an Internet that is shaped by diversity is the one that will have humanity at its heart. Governments need to move from high-level declarations to action – concrete steps that show their commitment to the MS model of the Internet. We need them to implement the multistakeholder model in tangible ways and make this the cornerstone of policy decision-making around the world.
• We also need to direct other forms of decision-making in the same way. Government is not the sole convener responsible for solving issues in the Internet space. We need to build capacity across the whole of the community so we can work together in a transparent, inclusive way. We need a multistakeholder process that works for all of us, and that we can all be a part of.
The twelfth annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18 to 21 December 2017, on the theme, Shape Your Digital Future!
Site of the event:
The Internet Is at a Crossroads: We Have a Choice to Make
by Kathryn Brown, President of The Internet Society
“To solve these fundamental issues we need new models to address the challenges. My view is that the answers lie in the principles that have defined the Internet to date. These include: openness, global connectedness, trustworthiness, transparency, collaboration and inclusion. These values should remain at the forefront of the Internet and the policies that shape it.”
Internet Society Web page for IGF 2017
Image Veni Markovski