New media summer school - Digital future of Europe
New Media Summer School is the annual youth event on new media policies prior to the regional Internet Governance Forum which took place this year on June 8 in Berlin at the Wikimedia establishment. NMSS lasted for 7 days which included the EuroDig forum at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany for 2 days. For this project, 33 participants from Europe came together to build up their own opinion about Internet Governance and its topics.
NMSS begun with the introduction of Internet Governance issues, just to stimulate participants on topics they were going to discuss on the following days. The most important part were the questions that came up from the discussions. The questions were about internet safety and privacy, net neutrality, online participation and internet governance and all of them were introduced on blank slides and participants had to share their ideas.
During the second day of the event, Speaker Janette Hoffman, Tobias Schwarz and John Oliver were welcome to speak about internet governance,net neutrality and copy right issues. Janette Hoffman emphasized at her speech on the recent developments that had experienced in Brazil’s IGF last year and on Snowden’s unintended impact to the world. She went on describing the consensus of multiple stakeholders who participated in Brazil IGF. Moreover she pointed out that all stakeholders had major conflicts between each other. She ended up her speech by describing how the Internet works, and explaining different procedures and rules of ICANN & IANA functions.
Right after, speaker Tobias Schwarz mentioned some points regarding net neutrality such as digital rights and freedom, data control, user welfare and legislations by emphasizing their positive and negative sides. He pointed out #Vodafail( vodafone blocked VoIP) and reduction on LTE accessibility. Moreover he exemplified the issue by mentioning the countries’ Net Neutrality requirements on mobile broadband. The countries were so far Israel, Netherlands, Slovenia and Brazil.
Speaker John Oliver talked about interrelations between net neutrality and governments. He also pointed out internet regulations and price settings considering citizens’ points of view. Some models, such as Opt- in, Opt- out model and Commerce were introduced by him as examples that can work towards resolving problems regarding copy right issues. To further analyze it we were told to separate in 6 role play groups. Those groups were: Libraries, Intermediaries (iTunes), ISP, Publishers, Consumers, and Content Creators.
Third day of our event, speaker from Google talked about Self Governance regarding the act governing a community without state intervention and externalities (Groups, Shadow of law, Own members, Civil Society). He emphasized on three layers that composite agnostic content. These are; Social Layer,Content Layer, Technical Layer. Additionally UNESCO, isa part of Social Layer. She ended up her speech by talking about the future of internet, security issues and innovations.
Fourth Day of the NMSS those opinions were collected into “messages”. Accordingly they talked about Quality of service vs. Data Discrimination, artificial scarcity by ISP’s and IXP’s, P2P internet regarding net neutrality.
The last 2 days of our event we talked about Euro Dig; digital society at stake- Europe and the feature of the Internet.At the end of the event, Summer school participants and trainers decided to support the campaign “ #standwithsnowden.” The global campaign was launched in Berlin on June 11th. They were so glad to hear the feedbacks from their participants since they found this activity so fruitful and impressive.