[At-Large] Jack Ma New Co-Chair of Global Internet Governance Alliance #AliBaba #GIGA

parminder parminder at itforchange.net
Thu Jul 2 03:31:19 UTC 2015

On Thursday 02 July 2015 05:56 AM, Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro wrote:
> Dear All,
> Apologies for the crossposting but this I found interesting:
> http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-07/01/c_134373596.htm
> SAO PAULO, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Jack Ma, founder of China's ecommerce
> giant Alibaba, was elected co-chairman of the Global Internet
> Governance Alliance (GIGA) at the first general meeting of GIGA
> council held here Tuesday.
> "This election signifies trust in China's Internet, and how China
> governs its Internet," said Ma

Very interesting!

Just jogging my memory but wasnt China's Internet related attitude the
original reason for so much opposition to UN based IG system. But one
reckons it is always all right when you come, as they say in India,
suited-booted, and are the rich and the elite. A clear proof that anti
UN ism was not against 'dangers to Internet freedom' but against people
and democracy . Against the latter taking control of how the Internet
and its associated digital technologies will evolve. The powerful are
always ready to make deals with other powerful and that was always what
the MetMundial Initiative was about. It is the worst thing to happen to
the global IG scene ever. A complete and largely formal take over of
global IG by the elite - political as well as economic. A largely
transparent cooptation in the IG arena of the elite from the developing
countries by that of the developed ones.

The only more unfortunate thing has been that a large party of civil
society, especially its so called leaders, have merrily gone along, god
knows for what.

> .
> The meeting was set to discuss key issues related to international
> cooperation on Internet governance while highlighting China's role.
> Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff had called for a just and equal
> global Internet environment and regarded China as the "key factor to
> the success of global Internet governance," said Fadi Chehade,
> president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
> (ICANN).
> Rousseff had suggested he find Chinese partners for cooperation,
> Chehade said.
> To establish a multiple-stakeholder platform, Chehade said that
> dialogues among different partners should be improved, the platform
> should be transparent and just, and all stakeholders should be able to
> equally participate in global Internet governance.
> GIGA is co-sponsored by ICANN, the Brazilian Internet Steering
> Committee and the World Economic Forum to provide a platform for the
> discussion of Internet governance solutions.
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