[DC3] RES: an Internet for the poor vs. empowering the people

Luca Belli luca.belli at fgv.br
Mon Nov 21 13:31:33 UTC 2016

Excellent point Nico!
To be added to the revised version of the Declaration, when we will consolidate all the IGF inputs.

Also, with regard to zero rating practices, list-members may be interested to read this article I published some weeks ago, where I stress that the main risk of zero rating is that it triggers a "shift from a user-centric, general-purpose network to one with a predefined purpose, thereby creating passive consumers of predetermined services, rather than active Internet users."  A phenomenon that I call "minitelisation of the Internet"

And my conclusion is that policymakers should focus on more sustainable and users-centric options, such as promoting community networks. 

Here is the open access version of the article 

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De: dc3-bounces at listas.altermundi.net [mailto:dc3-bounces at listas.altermundi.net] Em nome de Nicolás Echániz
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Assunto: [DC3] an Internet for the poor vs. empowering the people

During my participatin in the WEF meeting that I was invited to, I came up with this concept that I believe must be a strong point in our strugle forward in order to differentiate what we are doing from so many other initiatives to "connect the unconnected":

Facebook's Free Basics and Internet planes, Google's Loon project as well as many government plans to bring "Internet access" to public spaces in poor villages and disadvantaged areas are all initiatives to create an Internet for the Poor. One where the people get a second class digital citizenship.

On the other hand, we from the community networks movement are empowering the people to build meaningful infrastructures that create the local portion of the Internet in a manner that is respectful of human value and not just motivated by access statistics or profit.

I'd like to make this idea part of our Declaration.

What do the rest of you think?


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