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

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Thu Jul 2 14:30:08 UTC 2015

I joined the event remotely and listened to Ja Ma's speech with keen
interest. Quite frankly, I was pleasantly surprised how direct he was.

I cannot be pessimistic as my friend Parminder and would urge us not to
make the perfect the enemy of the good. For those who went to Sao Paulo and
followed the evolution of the NMI, the Council has formally adopted the
Terms of Reference of the NMI that led to the Sao Paulo event. The Council
has committed to do practical things to advance the outcomes from Sao
Paulo, including advancing the work and role of the IGF and furthering the
objectives of WSIS.

Good enough.

Now, Jack Ma (CEO of Alibaba, usually referred in metropolitan publications
as 'the Chinese e-commerce giant') could have opted to sign up for the
World Economic Forum (WEF)-led thing, the one that even as it utilised
Orwellian-derived language to announce itself, baldly refuted the
multistakeholder, equality-in-access approach to Internet governance.
Instead, he signed with the Brazilian-initiated initiative. As I listened
to Jack Ma, I had a sense that he truly understands connecting each of us
to all of us is in the collective best interest, Alibaba included. I think
he gets it that for most of us, the Internet is about development. I think
he gets it that exploiting the Internet for profit does not preclude other
dire uses. And he definitely understands that intrusions of one or other
kind could be inimical to all our interests.

So, what do you do?  I will take the Council's word on its commitment. And
since they have also embraced a model that allow us to talk to them and let
them know if they go astray, we have a way to at least enjoin them to

It is as good as it gets.


Carlton A Samuels
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On Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 7:26 PM, Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro <
salanieta.tamanikaiwaimaro at gmail.com> 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.
> 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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