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The "Internet Governance" Farce and its "Multi-stakeholder" Illusion

For almost 15 years, "Internet Governance" meetings have been drawing attention and driving our imaginaries towards believing that consensual rules for the Internet could emerge from global "multi-stakeholder" discussions. It has become obvious that "Internet Governance" is a farcical way of keeping us busy and hiding a sad reality: Nothing concrete in these 15 years, not a single action, ever emerged from "...multi-stakeholder" meetings, while at the same time, technology as a whole has been turned against its users, as a tool for surveillance, control and oppression.


Citizens of the world must think of the critical challenges ahead: End mass surveillance, protect freedoms online without compromise, guarantee Net neutrality, enable universal access to the Free Internet… None of which can be adressed in these sterile "multistakeholder" discussions, with rigged lists of participants, but only with proper political contexts set by decentralized networks of citizens, organized through a Free Internet.


Why would we need to wait for these "multi-stakeholder" hyper-structures to properly function, if ever, before anything could be done? There is actually an already existing structure for collective management of the Internet: We, citizens, are all co-owners of the Internet, if we consider it as the sum of its infrastructure, its technologies, and much more importantly the sum of activities, data and content that we, all, contribute to make it exist.


In this sense, Internet can and must be considered as a common good.


This is precisely what we must demand from governments now, from the warm ashes of the dead "multi-stakeholder" model, crushed under the boots of unilateral decisions of NSA, Google, Facebook, China, Apple, Russia, and all the others actors who didn't wait for a consensus to take radical steps to alter the shape of technology to turn it against citizens.


Governments must consider the Internet as our common good, and protect it as such, with no compromise. Like the most precious natural reserve, or patch of clean drinking water. From then we must engage into a profound debate on the nature of the trust we place into private or public actors ("trustees") who will manage this resource. What conditions of transparency and accountability (such as the use of Free/Libre software and the ability for the public to verify it) shall we demand, in a democratic society, to those who are responsible for protecting our fundamental freedoms, by their control over part of our common infrastructure?


Please join us at http://iuf.partidopirata.org/en/, spreading it around, and engaging actively into dismantling the illusion of "multistakeholder Internet Governance".