Progress. That wonderful concept that shifts civilisation from one point on the evolutionary scale to another. One would think that by all that is implied in this simple, rather innocuous-sounding word, progress would go hand-in-hand with improvement - with doing it better, with graduating from one level to the next and particularly so when it comes to technological progress. Why then, in this, the 21st century, have I just spent more than a hour trying to sort out a top-up on my mobile Internet? Is it me or is progress regressing?
'Your 37 friends are waiting', says the Facebook e-mail which I have just received. They’re waiting for me to accept their friend request. That is, for me to share personal information, photos of me and my loved ones, and other bits of info which six months from now I wish I hadn’t.
Thoughts and impressions on what was said and unsaid at the Internet Governance Forum held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 14-17 September, 2010
Look back at all the IG-related events that took place since the 4th IGF. You may have already guessed: national and regional IGFs are the next big thing. And it’s also quite likely that they will take on an even bigger and significant role.
Blackberry developer Research In Motion must be very busy these days fighting its way through bans. A handful of countries threatened to block some or all of the Blackberry services, after raising concern that local data first travels overseas before finding its way back to users' smartphones. The bans have been handed out together with requests for servers to be installed within these countries' shores, allowing for data to be routed locally.
In 2004, when I told my friends what I was doing as a member of WGIG – the Working Group on Internet Governance, they often called on me to fix their printers or install new software. As far as they were concerned, I was doing something related to computers. I remember taking a quick poll of my fellow WGIG members asking them how they explained to their friends, partners, and children what they were doing. Like me, they too were having difficulty. This is one of the reasons I started designing and preparing Diplo’s first text and drawings related to Internet governance.