NSA, ICANN, Internet Governance, Connect the Dots

"We are deluding ourselves if we think that the way the global internet is governed can be detached from the game of power politics among states, and that the openness and freedom of the Internet’s information flows will not be powerfully affected by other countries, and other citizens’, trust (or lack thereof) of the world’s biggest and most powerful state" (source IGP Blog infra, emphasis added)

Or as they say in Washington (home of the surveillance state): "Connect the dots . . . ."

Do the NSA revelations have anything to do with Internet governance? | IGP Blog: "The Internet succeeded in creating a globalized virtual space before states really knew what was happening. But with the World Summit on the Information Society (2003-2005) and later in the ITU’s 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), there was a confrontation between state sovereignty and the native institutions. The WCIT process polarized the controversy, fragmenting support for a new treaty on International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs). The NSA revelations - Into this deadlock came the NSA spying revelations. The information released by Snowden had huge repercussions in Internet governance..."(read more at the link above)

Goodbye ICANN?

Brazil defends new global authority to manage the Internet - Digital convergence - Internet: "..."The Internet has no central point of governance. But according to the revelations of the Snowden case surfaced privacy concerns with freedom of expression, subjects who do not have an appropriate place for discussion within bodies such as ICANN, IETF and ISOC. These issues demand a new architecture for the organization of the Internet, "says Almeida." (Google translation from original)

Stay tuned. Next up: Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, São Paulo, Brazil, April 23-24, 2014, Grand Hyatt Hotel - more info: http://netmundial.br/

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