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MINDSETS AND THE BALANCE IN CREATING A PROPER NATIONAL DIALOGUE ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE - A SUB SAHARAN AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE.

 

Easier said than done, what actually should make all the boxes tick if we look overall at the multistakeholder model of the Internet governance?  Well simply said and widely written on   it is however in my opinion trying to get all within the sphere of equality to have a level playing field where all voices count.    

However sometimes these do not really happen at national level of Internet Governance especially in developing countries notably Sub Saharan Africa, as “mindsets” are tuned to one direction; “ basically my way or nothing else”, which leads in most cases to mistrust and a failure to understand why we deliberate and have forums on Internet Governance nationally, forgetting that what effects we do nationally no matter how small can be a game changer in the region and even globally, as we all know precedents do play in certain situations.

Personally in my opinion the ideal situation is for civil society movements nationally for those involved in Internet Governance  to try to be an “Able and Symbiotic Bridge”  between all stakeholders especially governments, businesses and our youths who are the  thriving “Digital Natives” in the African continent today, because above all  this is well  needed for consensus and deliberations to move forward knowing that at the end of the day, we want an Internet good for all, irrespective of your views and affiliations.

The need for removing sometimes these “mindsets” that certain stakeholders have, depends on the approach  civil society movements  takes  in dealing with Internet Governance in the spirit of openness and a fair game so all are comfortable. Even though we might not see “eye to eye” in certain aspects, but one good thing is if civil society movements nationally create a well symbiotic bridge without comprising principles a certain level of consensus will be reached especially in an era where Human Rights, Digital Surveillance  and Freedom of Expression online is becoming more and more at the forefront.  The important thing in my opinion, Civil Society movements need not to be only good advocates, but also  bridge builders as on the boat of “Internet Governance”  all stakeholders are sailors on the same mission and objective even though divergence are bound to occur, but the boat must continuously be kept afloat based on the principles of a true multistakeholderism in deeds and actions.

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