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Many emerging markets have fallen in recent weeks and investors fear further losses in the near future. Fostering new technologies, innovation, and entrepreneurship are critical to their recovery. Brazil, Turkey, and Indonesia should embrace consumer and business friendly Internet policies instead of a government-centric approach that risks crippling the Internet. It is not too late for them to adjust course and leverage the free and open Internet to kick start their flagging economies.

The fundamental question here is whether Today’s Internet is , transparent and democratic and open. Due to the fact that these adjectives have different meaning in view of different entities /people In view of many governments, in particular, those of developing countries none of these three adjectives prevail in the Internet Process .a) it is not transparent as the relevant information is not actually clear and transparent. It is not democratic since governments has either no role or little advisory role in the management of the Internet .It is not democratic because governments are not treated with / on equal footing with respect of other players .It is there under almost private or less inclusive / non collective management. In fact some of the most important area of Internet dealing with public policy issues are not governed by collective governments cooperation or any intergovernmental organization but by individual national government( s) and big businesses as a totally decentralized bottom-up regime of governance .The most blend of that is that a very narrow pro WGIG DEFINITION of Internet governance exclude vital issues such as intellectual property, privacy, enforcement, and data protection on line filtering and network neutrality.
The catastrophic issue is that some country, exercises major control over a vital area of Internet governance improperly and misleadingly claims that the broaden intergovernmental participation in the governance of Internet would result in handing over the key issues to other countries to have any role in the governance of the Internet.

Comments from the Iranian representative in the WTPF Informal Experts Group on the ITU Secretary-General’s Draft Report in Feb 2013.

When the tech industry wants to engage, it works through organizations like the Information Technology Industry Council in Washington that work face-to-face with public officials and their staffs, it doesn’t create yet another web site where anonymous commenters can made poorly-informed changes to moribund legislative vehicles. When Washington and Sacramento want to engage with the tech industry, they reach out to ITIC at the national level and state-focused groups like TechNet in California.

Public officials are a lot more interested in the jobs created by Intel’s latest fab than by the jobs lost by the administrators of Reddit’s sleazy “Jailbait” and “Creepshots” sections when their identities are made public. The logic is pretty plain: Intel employs tens of thousands of people and produces essential elements of the tech economy such as integrated circuits, while Reddit and similar incubator-cooked web sites employ almost no paid labor and traffic in sexually suggestive photos of teenaged girls and “up-skirt” photos of women’s underwear taken from shoe mounted cameras. It’s not a subtle distinction.

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As anyone who works in public policy can tell you, the most important part of the job is the analysis of the impact of particular policies. The bad bills all come from consensus positions that no one dares to question because supporting them has become a matter of tribal membership. You don’t come to the correct position on a policy question by simply surveying TechNet, Engine Advocacy, and The Internet Association. You come to it by examining the questions, reading the bills, and working out the implications. There is no “popularity short cut” in this process.

And when you’ve figured out what you want and why you want it, you don’t make your thinking known to public officials by scribbling anonymous nonsense on a web site, you come forward as a real person with a real name to make your sentiments known in a way that encourages direct dialog. Anything less is just playing at policy, not making it. Anonymous commentary on the web may make you feel like an activist, but it doesn’t make an impact on the world.

Richard Bennett gives TechCrunch a curt slap for “playing at policy” – The Tech Industry’s Odd Relationship with Government