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A SHOWER OF CRITICS AND NEW CHALLENGES MARKED THE UN INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM

Last edition of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) hosted in Istanbul has been the target of harsh critics and it ended with demanding challenges to be faced. For the first time the United Nations conference has been followed by an alternative convention, the Internet Ungovernance Forum, aimed at casting light on more vital problems not taken into enough consideration in the official UN initiative.

Ungovernance organisers wanted to get the right attention on topics neglected at IGF: censorship and freedom of speech; surveillance and privacy; excessive commercialization and super-monopolies as well as protective, prohibitionist and conservative governance approaches and the list goes on. Engaged by these issues, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange participated with impactful statements: highlighting Turkish situation they advocate how the dangers of censorship outbalance the supposed benefits that governments believe to achieve with these measures.

Despite the harshest critics came from this parallel event, many participants at the IGF decided to raise their voice to stimulate an inner change: the European Union commissioner Neelie Kroes, supported by United Kingdom Foreign Minister Ed Vaizey, made a call to action; while Macedonian Minister for Information Society and Administration Ivo Ivanovski stressed the absence of fundamental ministers such as those related to education, science and culture.

It’s important to consider that the mandate of the IGF organization is close to the end and it’s time to take stock of this initiative born under conditions totally different compared to the current situation. On the one hand the trend is directing towards new approaches to the issues, like the NetMundial initiative; on the other hand IGF supporters emphasize the tangible outcomes achieved during this edition, such as the best practice papers concerning multi-stakeholders mechanisms, spam, computer emergency response and online child protection.

In conclusion, while the ungovernance activists are satisfied with the impact of their conference, many thinks that the same initiative is necessary at the NetMundial as well.

 

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Friday, 19 September 2014

(Source: IP Watch)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.