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

Divina MEIGS divina.meigs at orange.fr
Sun May 29 07:32:31 EDT 2016


 dear colleagues

you may want to consider the following initiative as part of the next IGF debates ...  Time to reboot and to create a fully-fledged civil society participation in IG.




Dear colleagues, 

We are pleased to inivte 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 

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 companies’ consolidation are driving the economy as well as social changes in learning, labour, leisure, etc. The ‘Internet of Things’ 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.

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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