[bestbits] Know*ing. the future of the internet and how to reboot it

Becky Lentz roberta.lentz at mcgill.ca
Thu May 26 09:57:13 EDT 2016

> Dear colleagues, 
> We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Know*ing initiative, to be
> held at EURODIG, Brussels, on June 8th, 14pm.
>  Know*ing. the future of the internet and how to reboot it.
>  We are pleased to announce that  pre-event  programme is now online at
> http://eurodigwiki.org/wiki/Knowing._The_future_of_the_Internet_and_how_to_reb
> oot_it
> Ten years after the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), we are
> reaching a new cycle of Internet development. Big data crunching and tech
> companies¹ consolidation are driving the economy as well as social changes in
> learning, labour, leisure, etc. The ŒInternet of Things¹ and upcoming
> technologies promise to reconfigure whole sectors and services of human
> activity. Yet such important issues as big data management, corporate mergers
> and overall monetisation of Internet activities have not reached the larger
> public whose well-being is at stake. In addition, the various stakeholders
> involved in Internet Governance processes are working at full capacity to keep
> abreast with these changes. There is a difficulty in recruiting new entrants
> and summoning new energies as well as reaching out to larger constituencies
> who have vested interests in the status quo. It is time to ensure that
> Internet remains for everyone and is re-booted for what it has the potential
> to do: to empower people by sharing knowledge, facilitating participation and
> enlarging solidarity.

> Agenda

>  1. Opening remarks, presenting data on Internet trends which reveal gaps
>  2. Ice-breaker questions:
> * Why does the Internet belong to everyone (collectively)?
> * Who is reaping the benefits of the Internet and its governance? what is the
> upside (accelerated development, increased investment)?  what are the risks
> ((slowing or reversing the curve of development)?
> * What alternative logic can be applied and what consequences to draw?
>  3. Know*ing origins, development, unique features and potential leading to
> open discussion on:
> *  the need for collaboration and knowledge for digital transformation and
> evolution, 
> *  what is realistic and achievable collaboration and knowledge creation?
> *  reality check (validation from the community) ­ is know*ing a repetition or
> superfluous, unnecessary, futile or, on the contrary, it is necessary and
> provides added value?
>  4. Duration, next steps, support, closing remarks
> We hope you will register and come to join this much-needed discussion.
> You may want to read the background paper on Education 3.0 and Internet
> Governance: a new global alliance for children and young people's sustainable
> digital development available at
> https://www.cigionline.org/sites/default/files/gcig_no27web_0.pdf
> All the best
> Divina Frau-Meigs

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