What is Internet Governance?
As Bill Gates said, ”Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tommorow”. Nowadays.internet governance is one of the most important global policy issues in the world today. How we manage the Internet will define much of our society development in general and will affect our personal/private lives and inter0human relations, if we take into account the impact of the Internet and instant communication on today's society.
The Internet is a double gate to information, for taking and giving information. In our modern days we do not black list the Internet as such, but we filter out those threats and choose to be part of the useful information on it. Whether this is a newspaper or a social network, or a simple Google search, we share information both intentionally and unintentionally.
The growing awareness of the social, economic, and political impact of the Internet on society has brought the question of Internet Governance into sharper focus. The process of addressing legal issues and the social consequences of technological developments invariably lags behind technological innovation. This applies to the Internet, too.
There is no definite distinction between digital life and real life when it comes to ethics or human rights of its users. All people are still people when using their Internet profile and should be seen as such always. Internet is a multidimensional space where users are part of it and shapers of it, by their behavior, opinion and actions, Internet is governed from inside and and give feed-back to outside space.
Internet governance is a hot topic now in the world, partly because of Snowden's revelations and other whistle blowers who gave out disclosed information of how governments and corporations have been using our Internet activities to fit their needs and even spy on our private lives.
There are many topics being discussed around the Internet Governance pool, and soon will appear even more, and concentrated on fewer. Some of the highly discussed now are:
- Data Protection – Data is not well protected (Related to Encryption and policies)
- Mass Surveillance – Everything is being recorded.
- Intellectual Property (Copyrights)
- Encryption/Privacy – Not all data transactions are being encrypted (poorly).
- Human Rights – Hate Speech, Government Regulation ?
- Net Neutrality – All Internet user have equal accessibility to the service.
- Big Data – Google Indexing of everything. Cookies, META-info, etc.
- Openness and Privacy – Should being anonymous be a crime ?
- Future of the Internet – Where are being headed ?
- ...and so on
I have left the stake holders for last to mention, because they are the users, the architects, the corporations, the governments, and the organizations. All those together, are the moving power of the Internet.
Many questions are being raised between those stakeholders, everyone wants a piece of the pie. Many just want transparency and self governance.The best way to form an opinion is to learn how it works now, and what can be done to be improved.
Youth for Exchange and Understanding International have formed Internet Governance working group establishment of a pool of data and know-how information, so that all member organizations will have available for their projects update information about principles and impact of internet governance, that could be used in development of non-formal education tools and implementation of youth projects related to raising awarenessregarding internet governance.
The Internet is a unique global resource and one of the largest cooperative efforts ever undertaken by humankind. Driven from the onset by a shared aspiration toward global connectivity, this intricate network of networks currently connects nearly three billion users and facilitates much of the world’s communications and commerce. For many people the Internet has become a fundamental part of everyday life.
”In only a few years, the Internet has revolutionised trade, health, education, and, indeed, the very fabric of human communication and exchange. Moreover, its potential is far greater than what we have seen in the relatively short time since its creation. In managing, promoting, and protecting its presence in our lives, we need to be no less creative than those who invented it. Clearly, there is a need for governance, but that does not necessarily mean that it has to be done in the traditional way, for something that is so very different”, this is an extract from Kofi Annan speech atGlobal Forum on Internet Governance, New York, said on 24 March 2004, 10 years ago, nowadays we can measure how much Internet developed itself and changed us.
Irina Caisin and George Paphitis,
Members of YEU Working Group on Internet Governance