[governance] Debunking eight myths about multi-stakeholderism

Jeremy Malcolm jmalcolm at eff.org
Tue Apr 28 17:15:42 EDT 2015

On 27/04/2015 7:11 pm, Karl Auerbach wrote:
> And national governments: If we accept the theory that those
> governments honestly and accurately express the values and interests
> of their citizens, then why do we do need any other participants than
> governments?  The answer is obvious: We have learned that governments,
> just like corporations, tend to be driven by small opaque groups and
> express the short-term interests of those groups.

Few other multi-stakeholder skeptics will buy this, because
representative democracy is the one thing that they most want to
preserve in future Internet governance arrangements.  Your ideals of
direct democracy holding back corporations and governments are seen as
even more utopian than multi-stakeholder ideals.  But IMHO
multi-stakeholderism and direct democracy are not that far apart
conceptually; the main difference is that the latter is more difficult
to realise in practice and is more vulnerable to majoritarian tyranny.

Jeremy Malcolm
Senior Global Policy Analyst
Electronic Frontier Foundation
jmalcolm at eff.org

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