[At-Large] Say Whut!

parminder parminder at itforchange.net
Mon Dec 17 07:27:30 UTC 2018

BTW, ICANN basic nature and structure also proceeds from this 'original
sin' of casting the Internet as it was in the US's mentioned policy
framework, and its sequels ...

On 17/12/18 12:40 PM, parminder wrote:
> On 17/12/18 3:08 AM, bzs at TheWorld.com wrote:
>> The World Trade Organization might be another model which isn't ICANN
>> (a bag of contracts) but isn't the UN either.
>> No doubt other analogues could be dredged up.
>> Granted the WTO is a system of multinational nation-state treaties but
>> nonetheless it exhibits parallels to what some are expressing in a
>> supranational governance body. In particular dispute resolution
>> mechanisms.
> For WTO to be the primary body to arbitrate Internet/ digital issues
> would be first to declare the Internet, and the digital arena
> generally, to be primarily a commercial space and issue, which would
> be suicidal... We already suffer greatly from the fact that the first
> policy framework ever around the Internet -- back in 1997 --  was the
> US's 'Framework for electronic global commerce
> <https://clintonwhitehouse4.archives.gov/WH/New/Commerce/index.html>'
> ... Apart from declaring the Internet as primarily a commercial space,
> t ordained that the 'private sector shall lead' and governments should
> stay as far away as possible, and also, in consonance, called for the
> Internet and electronic commerce to be a tariff free zone.
> In short, the Internet was declared as essentially neo-liberal, and as
> the Internet and digital has permeated every sphere and arena, it
> indeed has become an exceptionally strong no-liberalising force over
> the last two decades. It should be no coincidence that this period has
> also seen the steepest rise in equalities ever across the world, which
> underlies much of the social and political unrest that we witness today...
> We do not want to further aggravate the original sin that US policy
> makers did to take Internet/ digital governance to the WTO....
> Internet should primarily be recognised as a collaborative social
> space, which inter alia also allows commercial interactions and
> economic reorganisation. Its rules and regimes should be informed with
> this first principle. And that would require a very different kind of
> international governance of the Internet/ digital, which, if there is
> appetite here for that, we can discuss..
>       best, parminder
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