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Here are some notes from the lecture of Sebastian Bellagamba, ISOC Regional Bureau Manager for Latin America:

Sebastián Bellagamba: The next billion Internet users

In 2007, the first billion users was achieved, and 32% of users were in Eastern Asia, and 23% in Europe, followed bu 18% in North America and 9% in Latin America. The difference was important to observe.

The next billion had growth in Eastern Asia with 18%, Europe 12% and North America 8%. But Latin America had 23% and South Asia 39%, demonstrating that the growth in this phase was in developing countries.

Today, we have a complex system in fast development. It has expanded faster than any other technology of the past. Since the intelligence of the Internet is in the borders this has allowed many different uses and we should keep it this way. Another factor for development is the use of open standards, in addition to open process, bottom up.

Internet ecosystem

Education and capacity building, local, open standards development, national regional and global policy development, naming and addressing, shared global services and operation... in this ecosystem we all need each other to continue existing.

Challenges for governance of the next billion: being friendly to competition, stability and user-centered.

The http://www.InternetSociety.org/leaders is one of the initiatives of ISOC

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Comment by Seiiti on March 22, 2010 at 9:01pm
Bertrand de La Chapelle mentioned that in the case of ICANN, there are actors directly interested to participate, such as those on the domain name market. Others should be volunteers, and this takes a lot of time. Others cannot even participate physically.

Many people in the GAC have to take care of ICANN issues in addition to their other tasks.

This undermines the capacity of actors to fully take part meaningfully in decision making process.

How to take care of rights of different groups in decision making processes? We may have one individual with a lot of capacity... and on the other side of the table a big government or company... who would like to take part, but is not able to articulate positions? Or vice versa?

Sebastián Bellagamba recognized that this is a big challenge.
Comment by Seiiti on March 22, 2010 at 8:55pm
Answering a question, he mentioned that ISOC is one organization where anyone can join and it is free. For participation, there is a Chapter structure, currently 90 chapters all over the world. Unfortunately the one in Brazil is not particularly active, but the one in Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico and others have activities. It is possible to join Chapters of neighbor countries.

ISOC also has regional Chapters. The day to day consists in the development of the Internet.
Comment by Seiiti on March 22, 2010 at 8:46pm
Avri made the point that in the case of ICANN, the GNSO is the only space where people can participate as individuals with no need to be affiliated to any group



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