[lac-discuss-es] Fw: [Lacigf] Dircurso de Sociedad Civiel en Apertura del FGI

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Subject: [Lacigf] Dircurso de Sociedad Civiel en Apertura del FGI

Buenas tardes,

Comparto con Uds el discurso de Carlos A Afonso durante el acto de
apertura del FGI.



Your Excellencies, Mr Wu Hongbo, Under Secretary General, Undesa,
Chairman minister Ali Abatov, Secretary Chengetai Masango, in the name
of whom I wish to salute all present authorities; ladies and gentlemen:

I have been assigned the honorable task of speaking in the opening
ceremony of this IGF in the name of civil society organizations, social
movements and individuals active in Internet governance processes, many
of them involved in these processes since the inception of WSIS nearly
10 years ago. Several of them collaborated with me in drafting the
following statement.

We believe that the absence of gatekeepers and the open, global
communication enabled by the Internet is crucial to realize the promise
of Article 19 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To impose
restrictions (legal or otherwise) to the free flow of information is and
has always been contrary to the individual human right to freedom of

We therefore oppose efforts to create "national Internets," or to block
and filter Internet access in ways that deny individuals access to
applications, content and services of their choice.

All attempts to deem certain forms of communication and information
illegal and restrict or block them must follow established, transparent,
due processes of law and should not involve prior restraint.

We oppose efforts to militarize the Internet, or any actions that would
foster a destructive and wasteful cyber arms race among governments or
private actors. We consider the covert use of exploits and malware for
surveillance or attacks to be criminal regardless of whether they are
deployed by governments, private corporations or organized criminals.

We are skeptical of efforts to subordinate the design and use of
information and communication technology to "national security" agendas.
We believe that Internet security will be achieved primarily at the
operational level and that national security and military agendas often
work against rather than for users' security needs.

In the processes of policy formulation, we emphasize the need to
prioritize dialogue with policy makers over their subordinated law
enforcement agencies.

Global governance institutions should not be restricted to states, so we
welcome the additional participation in global policy making that
multi-stakeholder processes provide. But we caution that
multi-stakeholder participation is not an end in itself.

Opening up global governance institutions to additional voices from
civil society and business does not by itself ensure that individual
rights are adequately protected or that the best substantive policies
are developed and enforced.

In the informal spaces created by pluralist institutions, it is possible
that powerful governmental and corporate actors can make deals contrary
to the interests of Internet users.

Multistakeholder processes, while involving all interest groups, must
incorporate and institutionalize concepts of due process, separation of
powers and user's inalienable civil and political rights, and
governmental decision-making ought to take into account the inputs of
all participants of such pluralist processes.

Let us remind ourselves that participation goes beyond representation,
and participation in decision-making goes beyond just debates and

Regarding the ITR review process to be concluded in Dubai (and here I
use the standard terminology the technical community defines to refer to
the different components of the network):

We agree that the internet layer and the layers above it (transport
layer and applications layer) should not be included in any way in the
regulations, while the free flow of Internet packets should be
guaranteed in the link layer, in line with network neutrality in which
Internet packets are never touched by the operators providing the
physical connectivity infrastructure.

Let the Internet flourish freely to the benefit of those who live at its
edges, which are all of us. Thank you.


Julian Casasbuenas G.
Director Colnodo
Diagonal 40A (Antigua Av. 39) No. 14-75, Bogota, Colombia
Tel: 57-1-2324246, Cel. 57-315-3339099 Fax: 57-1-3380264
Twitter @jcasasbuenas
www.colnodo.apc.org - Uso Estratégico de Internet para el Desarrollo
Miembro de la Asociacion para el Progreso de las Comunicaciones -APC-

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