[governance] Is This An Issue for Internet Governance/Internet Human Rights?

Paul Lehto lehto.paul at gmail.com
Thu Jul 28 20:38:31 EDT 2011

On 7/28/11, Norbert Bollow <nb at bollow.ch> wrote:
> Paul Lehto <lehto.paul at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Democracy is 100% process, and without proper process, the outcomes
>> are invalid.  This applies with force to the corporate governance
>> regime that presently rules over the internet.
> It also applies with force to just about all internet governance
> activities currently undertaken by governments, including in
> particular widespread efforts of governments in various countries
> to set up infrastructures for near-Orwellian surveillance of
> internet communication, while paying only lip service to human
> rights. Is there *any* country whose government is not guilty of
> this?

As between the only two choices available -- governmental governance
and corporate governance, the only choice in which the people have a
fighting chance even in theory is Government.  With corporate
governance, there is no accountability in corporations to the people
even in theory, nor any natural reason for corporations to serve the
people.  The sole exceptions that can be argued with corporations
involve situations where it just coincidentally happens to be in the
profitability interest of the corporation to do something that can be
mistaken for being accountable to or responsive to what people want.

Democracy, as they say, isn't perfect, but its better than all other
systems available or tried.  What we have worldwide are serious
breakdowns in democratic systems such that they purport to be
democratic but have ceased to be such in fact.  This reality does not
constitute a rational reason for preferring a clearly undemocratic
system like corporate governance.

Paul Lehto, J.D.

Paul R Lehto, J.D.
P.O. Box 1
Ishpeming, MI  49849
lehto.paul at gmail.com
906-204-4026 (cell)
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