[governance] <nettime> VW

Jeremy Malcolm jmalcolm at eff.org
Mon Sep 28 12:37:19 EDT 2015

On 27/09/2015 3:16 pm, Michael Gurstein wrote:
> Significant portions of Civil Society have bought into this approach which is firmly premised on the notion that somehow the private sector should be directly involved in making governance decisions because well, they are so public spirited, or that they have the long term interests of everyone at heart ("they are people too aren't they"), or we can trust them much more than those perfidious folks in government, or they are "accountable" to their shareholders and wouldn't do anything completely untoward to risk shareholder value etc.etc. (you know the drill...

No, not really that at all.  They have to be involved because they are
already involved.  For now, the decisions of companies like Facebook and
Google about their terms of service and so on are de facto transnational
rules for the Internet, at least as much as the rules that governments
make (collectively or individually).  So it impossible to disentangle
these companies from the process of situating those rules within a more
accountable global framework of principle.

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

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