Among the main aspects of the early days of Internet until recently, is without doubt, the predominance of English as the language of Internet. In fact, this is not surprising if we take into account that Internet is an American invention, and that its development has been initiated in the USA. However, with the spread of Internet all over the world, it has become a universal medium, the major source of information, and no more monolingual.
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The Internet, since its inception, has had an enormous impact on society and more recently in the countries economy. In this era, governments are faced with public issues such as combating illegal or inappropriate content and take appropriate measures to protect the consumer, but such things become secondary when citizens can not fully benefit from all the possibilities the internet provides.
The Internet is not a safe place. While there is a positive knock on effect that children who have access to technology have on those who are underprivileged and do not have access in being able to share tools and learning; tthere is the issue of children harming eachother (through bullying) and themselves (via self generated images), in addition to paedophilia. Grooming is now the biggest issue for kids (alot of which has to do with self generated pictures).
What is the differentiation and variation between harmful content and criminal content? The two issues become very conflated from a governance point of view. Solutions to remove such harmful or criminal content can be to: issue a takedown notice, blocking list until such content is removed, and report the content.
No SIDS is an Island
At the 8th IGF, i had the great opportunity to be part of a panel discussing Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) opportunities for developing countries and empowering women. The later is something still missing from a lot of discussions at the IGF, in spite of a series of efforts to make that part of the agenda. But here is why this is so important, in particular for the region I know best, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
The warmth of the genuinely friendly and hospitable Balinese people in the famous Indonesian archipelago of Bali together with the sunny and warm tropical weather emanating form the Bali sea was a clear indication the 8th Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) would be fruitful and lead to positive outcomes. The tone had already been set by the environment.
The Scenic Bali Sea beach
The internet Governance Forum 2013 that was currently held in Bali, Indonesia from 21 – 25 October has recently ended. It brought many stakeholders to discuss in open forums about many super interesting topics related to Internet. As one of the IGF Ambassador this year, I`d like to share the first session I attended on how Internet functions as the disaster and environmental control.
Whatever session you attend at IGF this year, chances are you’ll hear all about “Big Data.” What it means, depends on which room you’re in at the time and who’s doing the talking. From themes on content creation to disaster relief to privacy, security and everywhere in between, the buzzword "Big Data" was to 2013 what "Cloud Computing" was to IGF a couple years back. Big Data is the new black but when data is involved things are never really black and white. It was raised as a key issue at the Opening Session and the discussions of IGF 2013 provide a good opportunity to go deeper.
The first day of the IGF 2013 has offered some very interesting insights into core areas, where multi stakeholder cooperation is badly sought.
"The only way to avoid malware and viruses is to use Linux!"
"Stop saying that or I will hit you with my Microsoft Surface!"
So went a rather uh, heated discussion about cyber security at the pre-IGF meetings that the ISOC Ambassadors, Fellows and Chapter Leaders were at. Termed the Collaborative Leadership Exchange (CLX), its objectives were to get participants prepared for the intensive workshop circus that is the annual IGF conference.