Today journalist Rita Freire of CIRANDA communicated via channels of the World Social Forum about NetMundial, the ongoing conference on Internet Governance. She provided a link to the streaming of the parallell conference of civil society organisations and to the remote participation facility of the NET MUNDIAL meeting itself . Inspired by Rita's message, I set out to write the following letter:

Dear Rita,

thank you very much for this! Glad to see that Ciranda tries to cover Net Mundial. I just listened to the morning news from our Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE. Not a word about NetMundial. There was, however, an insert about the upcoming football Mundial...

For the WSF, NetMundial is really the event of the year. Or, it ought to be. The future of the internet determines so many aspects of social relations and thus of human society. (You may want to replace 'determines' and 'aspects' with more precise words.) And the WSF should play a very big role in the so called governance of the internet, which is at stake at NetMundial. It probably will, through its future process.

A couple weeks ago, WikiLeaks, that embryonal intelligence agency of the peoples, released the penultimate outcome document of NetMundial . Something you cannot miss when reading it, is the frequent reference to 'Multistakeholder'. (This word indeed figures already in the official name of NetMundial, that is, "The Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance"). This is good, because it means that it is commonly addmitted that those who have 'a stake' in the future of the internet are many. Indeed, we all have.

The problem is that 'multistakeholder' is not good enough. It is no more than an emergency solution.

Tyranny can be eliminated by way of division of powers. People can have a say. Peace and global democracy are doable - but only with the internet.

''Mankind thus inevitably sets itself only such tasks as it is able to solve, since closer examination will always show that the problem itself arises only when the material conditions for its solution are already present or at least in the course of formation.'' Karl Marx, who wrote that sentence, could hardly foresee the coming of the computers and the internet. Yet those words from the critique of the political economy were prophetic.

The problem now is that of changing the states and the UN into a new international political system. The computers and the internet have formed into a material condition for the solution.

But 'Multistakeholderism' is not that solution. As said, it is only an emergency solution.

The internet, like the library, is an universal institution. And it is unowned. The internet is like the library -- the only trustworthy memory of mankind (to quote Schopenhauer, another German philosopher). The internet needs to be governed by the library, and vice versa: the library needs to be governed by the internet. Both should be cybernetic, or self-governed. Will that be possible?

Yes, self-governance is possible. The peoples may govern themselves. On the condition that they create open spaces and connect via the internet.

Of course, the librarians are, and will be, a key group as facilitators of the conversations between the peoples. R. David Lankes, an American library scientist has put it well in "The Atlas of New Librarianship" (The MIT Press 2011): "The Mission of Librarians Is to Improve Society Through Facilitating Knowledge Creation In Their Communities." This also goes for their global communities.

Regards,

Mikael