[governance] [JNC - Forum] George Soros comments on Google and Facebook at Davos

Daniel Pimienta pimienta at funredes.org
Sat Jan 27 08:34:11 EST 2018

At 08:41 27/01/2018, Suresh Ramasubramanian wrote:
>Why should civil society arrogate to itself a watchdog role and deny 
>the role or even the locus standi of other stakeholders to comment?
>Or in other words, why resent the comments or gripe that they come 
>from Soros rather than from some civil society figure?

A surrogate answer:

>From: "Richard Hill" <rhill at hill-a.ch>
>To: "'Internet governance related discussions'" <forum at justnetcoalition.org>,
>Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2018 13:59:28 +0100
>Subject: Re: [JNC - Forum] George Soros comments on Google and 
>Facebook at Davos
>I think that Parminder has hit the nail on the head.  In any other 
>activity, oil exploitation, mining, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, 
>automobiles, whatever, no civil society organization would accept 
>money from industry players, nor would they enthusiastically 
>participate in conferences organized and funded by industry.
>For the Internet, it is exactly the contrary.
>Since I don't think that we can get the currently active 
>organizations to change their habits, we should continue our efforts 
>to recruit new organizations into the Internet governance 
>field.  That is becoming easier to do, since Internet now affects everything.

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