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Statement on the Common Heritage of Mankind to the Internet’s critical infrastructure by Dr Alex Sceberras Trigona, Malta

Date: 2015

Statement by Dr. Alex Sceberras Trigona, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta, covered a few critical questions:

  • Should the Internet be left to develop alone or should we endeavour to bring it into the fold of Common Heritage of Mankind [CHOM]?
  • Should the Internet be left unprotected, governed only, as it were, by the law of the jungle as a “res nullius”?
  • Should it be internationally recognized and protected in the interest of present and future generations, constructed as it is – increasingly internationally – as “res comunis omnium” as common property, and therefore eminently appropriate for stewardship management as part of the Common Heritage of Mankind?


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