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Workshop on Fundamentals: Core Internet Values
What is the Internet? What makes it what it is? What are its architectural principles? What are the core values? And what is happening to the core values in the process of its evolution? What is it that needs to be preserved and what changes are inevitable? The Internet has evolved as a free and open medium. Principles such as openness, user choice and control, and edge based intelligence, among others, are central to a thriving Internet. “The Internet's open, neutral architecture has proven to be an enormous engine for market
innovation, economic growth, social discourse, and the free flow of ideas. The remarkable success of the Internet can be traced to a few simple network principles - end-to-end design, layered architecture, and open standards -- which together give consumers choice and control over their online activities” - Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Evangelist, Google. These values are threatened when new policies are proposed with inadequate understanding of the
core values. Some times policy makers are overwhelmed by highly exaggerated expressions of concern for cyber-security. This inclines the policy makes towards disproportionate responses in the form of new legislation inspired by the misleading argument that an uncontrolled Internet is dangerous, so needs to controlled or re-architectured. What is beyond what is apparent in some of these proposals to "fix" problems is a serious threat to the core values and the danger of making Internet what it is not. What is it that must be preserved
in the process of policy changes by legislators who seek to regulate the Internet and in the process of design changes by the Business sector in pursuit of business friendly models? What does the Internet Community say as what can't be changed? How could changes and improvements be brought about without compromising on the core values? How would the different positions between stakeholders be reconciled to commit to the core Internet values? A fair 'list' of principles and values and a definition of each of the values would emerge from this workshop. As a sub-topic under the theme, the workshop would examine how the Internet as a free and open medium could enable innovative solutions for development, by exploring the idea of open and universally accessible classrooms to bridge the fundamental divide in education, as outlined in the proposed topic No 311: “Alexandria Everywhere: Open and Accessible Classrooms on the Internet to
bridge the fundamental divide in Education”
1) Jonathan Zittrain of the Berkman Center by video link - Accepted
2) Daniel Dardailler, Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) - Accepted
3) Patrick Falstrom , Internet Engineering Task Force - Accepted
4) Ambassador Yrjo Lansipuro, Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs – formal acceptance awaited.
5) Rt. Hon' Alun Michael, MP., United Kingdom - conveyed acceptance
6) Nathaniel James, OneWebDay – Accepted, travel schedule to be confirmed.
7) Ian Peter , Ian Peter Associates and Coordinator of the Internet Governance Caucus- Accepted
8) Lynn St Amour, President and CEO, Internet Society – Accepted
9) Issac Mao, Associate of the Berkmen Center - Accepted
10) Sivasubramanian Muthusamy, President, Internet Society India Chennai - Accepted
11) Millton Mueller, Scientific Committee Member, Syracuse, NY, USA – Invited.
12) Markus Kummer, Executive Director of the Internet Governance Forum – Invited.
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If so, who would you approach as co-organizers ? If not, who do you think should organize it?
Formal confirmation for support and participation received from OneWebDay Inc. ( http://www.onewebday.org ) and individually from Ian Peter of Ian Peter Associates. The organizer has invited Jonathan Zittrain of the Berkman Center to lead/moderate this workshop who may be inclined to handle this task remotely. With help from ISOC and from an academic center, some of the early pioneers of Internet who have contributed to the Internet's architectural principles are to be invited to define Internet's core values, followed by a participative discussion on current positive and adverse trends and how to ensure further progress without compromising on Internet's core values.
The list of speakers contacted to be on the panel who has indicated their tentative acceptance is sent separately by email to the IGF secretariat with the workshop title as the email subject line from the address firstname.lastname@example.org
The Workshop is proposed on behalf of:
ISOC India Chennai supported by OneWebDay Inc and Ian Peter Associates
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