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Its Christmas for some, Kwanza for others, and the list goes on. Religions and various spiritual persuasions talk of spreading the common good to mankind minus the evils. Internet Governance also talks of extracting
the negatives then share the common good from ICTs to develop mankind. There is
some commonality in these thematic approaches and yet I do not see religions
represented as a stakeholder in the IG Forums. I consider spiritual groups as
part of civil society who should have a distinct voice in IG too since they
represent interests of huge percentages of our society.


The statistic World%20Religions%20Stats.pdf is rather old and is open to dispute but it reflects that about 84 percent of us belong to a religious/spiritual persuasion. I would not like to see a situation where after all global public policy on IG
has been formulated, some religious/spiritual group protests. Am I alone in this anxiety ! HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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Comment by Felix Samakande on January 13, 2011 at 10:27pm

Hi Antonio,

My apologies that I had completely checked out of all spaces as a result of a near tragedy in my family. If it was not for the reason that it is relevant to this debate, I would have not brought it up at all. I came very close to losing my daughter as a result of some online recruiting scam where this couple has been pursuing my teenage daughter for over 3 years. After I detected it in the early stages, their association continued clandestinely. To get to the point, the result was that my daughter's life was put in grave danger and in such cases the victim requires therapy.

In developing countries the most reliable source of therapy is the Church because professional therapy is prohibitively expensive. Therefore, invariably the church is involved in righting the wrongs of ICTs and Internet, among them; child prostitution recruitment,  pedophiling, human trafficking, etc. That being the case, it would only be fair to involve the church at policy building level as well.

To answer the second part of your question, I think the church has unique views on issues like; same sex couples, debt, abortion, adoption of children by gays & lesbians, all of which are proliferating faster through the web.
To say that 84 percent of us are represented by default would be like saying 52
percent of all our view are represented by gender advocates [for lack of a
better example]..

Comment by Antonio M. Moreiras on December 26, 2010 at 11:18am

Hi Felix, it is an interesting consideration.


Do you think that religious groups would have distinct views from that ones of the other stakeholders, regarding IG issues? And do you think the diverse groups could share an unified view in some points? Could you give some examples?


In a first view, for me it looks like that, if 84 percent of us are from a religious persuasion, then 84 percent of the current IGF delegates are already considering their religious views in the issues discussed there. I can see religions worried about human rights, digital divide, development issues, etc; but then they would be acting as CS stakeholders. I can't see any unique issues in IG, regarding religion, or faith.


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