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.
Here’s an urgent message from the Mozilla Foundation regarding micro-grants for work related to the ITU (deadline Wednesday night GMT) – read below, and send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org (do not send your application to mediapolicy.org or to OSF).
Open Internet Microgrants to Support Civil Society Engagement with the ITU
On December 3rd, the world’s governments will begin a ten-day meeting in Dubai to update a key treaty of a UN agency called the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Some proposed changes to that treaty could threaten Internet openness and innovation, increase access costs, and erode human rights online. We are urgently calling for projects that will help give civil society organizations that support an open Internet a stronger voice before and during that key meeting, the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT).
What We Want to Support
- Efforts to influence your government’s position in the lead up to the WCIT meeting.
- Costs for civil society representatives to participate at WCIT in Dubai, provided you are already a part of your country’s delegation or have otherwise demonstrated commitment and expertise in this area.
- Provision of basic technical infrastructure and tools that let civil society representatives on the ground in Dubai coordinate and communicate with each other, their home organizations, and the media.
- The call for proposal opens up on Nov. 12 and closes at 12 AM GMT Nov. 15 (i.e., midnight the night of the 14th).
- This is a micro grant fund. There is a total of $10,000 available. Ideally, we will be supporting 8-10 projects from that amount. That means your grant will be approximately $1,000.
- You need to be able to receive a wire transfer to a bank account. It can be your personal bank account. Individuals can apply.
- We will contact you if we have any questions or to award you the grant. If you have not heard from us by November 16, we will have chosen not to provide support to your project.
- Once a decision has been made, you will receive a letter from Mozilla summarizing the project you’ve proposed and agreeing to provide you the funds.
- When the project is done, you will need to provide us a letter telling us what happened, how it went, and what you think you accomplished.
We will give preference to proposals that:
- Ideally, show 1:1 matching support
- Demonstrate your capacity to effect positive change
- Facilitate regionally diverse participation in the WCIT
- Can be implemented quickly
What We Need to Know
Send an e-mail to email@example.com with the following information. If you are applying for travel support, be sure to tell us whether or not you are already included in your country’s delegation.
- Organization (if applicable):
- URL (if applicable):
- Project Title:
- What are you going to do?
- Why are you the one to do it?
- How will you spend the money?