[At-Large] ICANN Board Nomination
parminder at itforchange.net
Tue Aug 31 13:10:36 UTC 2010
Franck Martin wrote:
>>> Especially considering that these people were made to believe ITU
>>> was the one in(to be in) charge of these issues
>> "Love ICANN, or you are ITU" :), wonder how a whole ideology and
>> practice of Internet Governance could so successfully be built around
>> single straw man.
> Yes, that's what people think, that ICANN is in charge of everything on the Internet, while they are in charge of so little..
I agree ICANN is in charge of so little. And I really should not have
much problem with anyone who is in charge of so little. In any case a
good many things ICANN does, it does quite alright. So whats my problem
with ICANN? Well, it is at two levels.
One, I keep trying to figure out who really is in charge of most of the
things on the Internet? I am afraid many are going to jump with the
reply - people or internet users, which is simply not true. It is true
that the Internet was once a network of tens of thousands of networks,
and one could assume some kind of 'democracy' and diffusion of power vis
a vis the Internet. Today Internet is largely the domain of a few
mega-companies (even more so on the mobile Internet). So, it is these
companies that are largely in control of the Internet, which is not
something I like very much (even less than I may like ICANN :) ). So I
really want some kind of good democratic global governance for IG.
But the question remains, why I dont like ICANN so much.
Because it is a pioneering model of a new form of global governance
which I am afraid will spread to other aspects of Internet governance,
and then, I am even more afraid, perhaps even to non-Internet related
global issues. The problems with the global governance model that ICANN
is pioneering are:
1. It considers it OK that the biggest power in the world, the US gov,
has complete veto on all issues, and is largely able to set the overall
political vision and agenda.
2. It is predominantly controlled by global mega-corporates, which in
any case are emerging as the most powerful global players (and thus need
governance/ regulation to rein in their power)
3. Private/ commercial interests are openly rated to be of much higher
value in governance arrangements than non-commercial/ public interests,
which is such a travesty of any governance structure that should
completely be public interest based, excluding all parties with conflict
It is a model of governance where the powerful negotiate issues among
them, and the public is co-opted in best ways possible, to keep dissent
under control. It is nightmare of a governance model, for a world which
today has a histroy of democracy extending to a couple of centuries.
Then the question comes, why is ICANN model of global governance
apparently so popular among powers-that-be, some of which are democratic
countries and democratic societies (of the North).
Regrettably, I must state the reason thus (somewhat deliberatively
provocatively): With an increasing and probably un-reinable level of
economic and also social globalisation some enhanced levels of global
polity (well, no one seems to like the word 'politics' or 'polity') or
global governance is simply inescapable. But those in situations of
considerable geo-economic and geo-political advantage just dread the
very idea of global democracy, for its expected egalitarian pull.
Promoting ICANN kind of gov models, touted under more acceptable labels
like of multi-stakeholderism, is the response of the globally powerful.
And they are so powerful, that they are able to rig the discourse to
their advantage, and make things they promote out of keen self interest
appear as perfectly natural and smelling of all the goodness of this world.
>>> Toute connaissance est une réponse à une question
>> Have just no idea what this means. Why would you not use English in
>> response to an English posting. I have barely learnt passable English
>> a third language. Apologies for it but I could not indulge my
>> faculties any further to acquaint myself with French expressions even
>> they may get stylistically used in superior English :) . Parminder
> Someone will translate for you, I'm sure... ;) It is my signature when I'm on the move... nothing specific to this thread, but now thinking of it....
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