[governance] Debunking eight myths about multi-stakeholderism

Norbert Bollow nb at bollow.ch
Wed Apr 29 04:09:10 EDT 2015

On Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:15:42 -0700
Jeremy Malcolm <jmalcolm at eff.org> wrote:

> 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.

Who are those multi-stakeholder skeptics in regard to whom you claim
that "representative democracy is the one thing that they most want to
preserve in future Internet governance arrangements"?

co-convenor, Just Net Coalition

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