Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Chief Internet Evangelist

Cynics among you will undoubtedly claim that I am merely talking my book, but I will nevertheless take this opportunity to exercise my divine right to such a time honored tradition, and pass on a straightforward comment by Google's very own Vint Cerf: Governments Shouldn't Have a Monopoly on Internet Governance.

... last week the UN Committee on Science and Technology announced that only governments would be able to sit on a working group set up to examine improvements to theIGF—one of the Internet's most important discussion forums. This move has been condemned by the Internet Governance Caucus, the Internet Society (ISOC), the International Chamber of Commerce and numerous other organizations—who have published a joint letter (PDF) and launched an online petition to mobilize opposition. Today, I have signed that petition on Google's behalf because we don't believe governments should be allowed to grant themselves a monopoly on Internet governance. 

Democracy is as democracy does, and if we let the UN take charge of it, just calling it democracy is not going to save us.


Anonymous said...

You have a book?

Clark said...

Had, yes. Tough year.