[At-Large] Jack Ma New Co-Chair of Global Internet Governance Alliance #AliBaba #GIGA
evan at telly.org
Thu Jul 2 15:09:09 UTC 2015
OK, I'm confused.
We have the Netmundial Event, The Netmundul initiative (NMI) and now GIGA.
The three movers of NMI are ICANN, the WEF and CGI.br.
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.
As far as I understood, the "Brazilian Internet Steering Commitee" *is*
So what is the relationship between NMI and GIGA? Are they parallel orgs?
Was there a rename that I missed?
And Carlton said that
the Council has formally adopted the Terms of Reference of the NMI that led
> to the Sao Paulo event
(In this context, NMI does *not* appear to refer to the calamotous
"solution in search of a problem" NMI -- the one that ISOC and others have
refused to join -- formed AFTER the Sao Paulo event and seeming to share
few of its values. But rather, it seems to refer to the SP event's own
outcomes. Or do I have that wrong?)
On one hand, I read the news of Chinese participation -- its
acknowledgement of the goals and values of Netmundial -- and share
Carlton's optimism. On the other, I look around and see another new source
of needless confusion and redundancies that make the whole situation even
more impenetrable to non-insiders than before.
On 2 July 2015 at 10:30, Carlton Samuels <carlton.samuels at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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:
>> 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
>> "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
>> 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.
>> *Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro aka Sala T*
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