Idea paper for the workshop (version 9 April 2014; last updated 8 May):

"PEACE AND THE INTERNET"

Place : Sarajevo

Venue: (See the program of Peace Event Sarajevo http://p2014.eu)

Preliminary Date: 7 June 2014 (See the program of Peace Event Sarajevo)

Introductions: Rita Freire (Ciranda, Brazil), Mikael Böök (Network Institute for Global Democratization, Finland)

Organisation: Peace Union of Finland (www.rauhanliitto.fi)

Contact: Mikael Böök book at kaapeli.fi +358-445511324

Discussion:

Is the internet something that people can do something about? How to make cyberpeace instead of cyberwar? In Snowden's time, everybody must have given these questions some thought so the time is ripe for them to be discussed at the social forums and in the peace movement. And, after the next Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance (Sao Paulo, Brazil, 23-24 April, 2014) the actuality of the subject is almost guaranteed.

  • Internet governance? State governments who continue to prepare for war against each other have failed and will probably continue to fail if they try to govern the internet. The same goes for big corporations who wish to introduce corporatist versions of internet governance. Unfortunately, they may have succeeded for the time being. The peace movement ought to dig a route to people power.
  • Library power? The internet is like the library mankind's only trustworthy memory. And, to use a common term when speaking about internet governance: internet and library are multistakeholder institutions. But how about letting the librarians govern the internet, as far as this new cybernetic (self-governing) institution needs to be governed at all? Could the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) become a subdivision of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)?
  • Alliance with the free software community. During WW II, Communists allied themselves with Capitalists to defeat Fascism. Today, a great alliance between the peace movement and the free software community is badly needed. Can these two find a common language?

Reference material:

de Nardis, Laura & Raymond, Mark: "Thinking Clearly about Multistakeholder Internet Governance" (Paper presented at Eight Annual GigaNet Symposium, Bali Oct 2013; available via https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2354377)

de Nardis, Laura: The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale UP 2014)