Gastbeitrag von Yvonne Eich
Back from Berlin and the German Preparation Summit for the 2010 UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Vilnius, 14-17. September 2010
Lessons learned: German politics seems not to be interested in having a say in Internet governance on the IGF as some of the members of the German Enquete commission "Internet and digital society" who were on a panel at todays summit stated that no one of the commission is going to participate because they have to be present at public household negotiations at this time in September in Berlin.
The title of their panel "From Berlin to Vilnius" was somehow misleading as their way will carry them straight back to the German parliament where the internet ist kept out: The surprising answer of one of the panelists answering a suggestion from the audience to take a stake in the Vilnius Meeting by "remote participation" (meaning by live chat, videostream): "We don't have WLAN in the German Bundestag." Ok fair enough, but perhaps another member of the Enquete commission "Internet and digital society" from the German Liberals is just right in saying that the internet has just developed in such a good way because no politician cared about it. In German:" Vielleicht hat sich das Internet die letzten Jahre so gut entwickelt, weil sich eben kein Politiker darum gekümmert hat."
The panel discussion started out with mentioning a quote of John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who participated in the Personal Democracy Forum in New York on Thursday last week: "The political system is broken partly because of Internet," Barlow said. "It's made it impossible to govern anything the size of the nation-state. We're going back to the city-state. The nation-state is ungovernably information-rich.“ Full article.
The question which remains: How can good governance be reached?