Byron Holland, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), talks about the end of the Internet as we know it and where this era of confirmed surveillance will take us. Most importantly, he asks: where's the outrage?
I have articulated my reasons for supporting the multi-stakeholder model over a multi-lateral one many times, but my argument boils down to this: no other governance model puts the people and organizations that directly benefit from the Internet's success in charge of it. The multi-stakeholder model is the only governance model that can support the development of a free and open Internet that has the potential to provide the world with all of the benefits it has to offer. Other models, including the multi-lateral model, are too open-to-influence by issues and actors that exist outside of the Internet ecosystem. Full stop.
WCIT-12 is just one example in a decade-long struggle for control of the Internet between ? and, yes, this is an over-simplification but it works ? open and transparent democratic nations and more authoritarian nations.
One of the main concerns at WCIT-12 ? and voiced by the U.S. ? was that new regulations could enable a system where (as I blogged at the time) "countries which do not have a strong commitment to human rights and democracy" would be able to put much of the global Internet traffic under significant surveillance.
Fast forward eight months, and we're dealing with the news about the PRISM surveillance program. The irony of the fact that the country that led the charge against the new regulations for fear that it would give nations the authority to monitor Internet activity (among other reasons) is, of course, palpable.
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