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WCIT from the perspective of an open Internet and freedoms
Governments vs Governance
Thinking about WCIT from the freedoms perspectives, it looks like a battle between “governments” and “governance”: if we would like to keep the Internet open and free, should we change traditional (ITU) governance model, or should we (try to) change the authoritarian governments instead? Some thoughts “out of the blue” on these two views, as food for further (own and others’) thoughts:
Change governments if you can, not governance
The problem is not in the traditional model of global governance of international issues. ITU (and UN) is a fair model: “one country - one vote” gives equal chances to everyone. The problem is in the governments - authoritarian ones, and those willing to control their citizens. So let’s help changing such governments if we don’t like how they perform and impact, and make sure other stakeholders can express their views through established democratic values within their country.
Change governance, if you can’t change governments
The authoritarian governments cannot be changed easily; in the meantime the impact of their involvement with Internet governance on “equal footing” (ITU) is not national but global. As long as there are authoritarian regimes, these should be kept away from the global Internet governance. The governance [over the Internet] is already different from the traditional model - this is a good change and is even fairer due to involvement of other stakeholders.
The host of the current WCIT battlefield is the governments (ITU), with majority of them supporting the first option, so it may again get slight advantage over governance.