Ten years ago, some developing countries were still pondering whether Internet access was a net positive.
Today, high-level negotiators from the world’s major powers would be wise to read recent comments from one of those developing countries, the small island nation of Sri Lanka, to remind themselves of what’s at stake as they negotiate the links between the information society and the United Nations’ development goals in the next few months.
The real-life benefits the Internet has brought to Sri Lanka, located south of India in the Indian Ocean, prove that development and Internet connectivity are inextricably linked, and diplomatic squabbling shouldn’t derail the real progress being made in developing countries where it is most needed.
The backdrop: Numerous nations and other stakeholders submitted 66 comments to the U.N. General Assembly over the past week on the geopolitics of Internet governance and its relationship to sustainable development.
The comments will feed into an outcome document for the General Assembly’s meeting of high-level government representatives in December. The reps will review the progress made since the 2003-2005 World Summit on the Information Society (the so-called WSIS+10 review) on achievements in pursuit of the UN’s Millennium (now renamed “Sustainable”) Development Goals. The 900-pound gorilla in the meeting, though, will continue to be how much say governments have over Internet governance, and in what forum.
Among the comments from world powers and major international organizations jockeying for position in the governance discussion, the submission by Chitranganie Mubarak of Sri Lanka’s Information and Communication Technology Agency stands out for its rear view mirror reminder of what’s at stake in the process of linking information and communication technology and development.
Mubarak focused on a question that others treated largely as a throw-away: “To what extent has progress been made on the vision of the people-centered, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society in the ten years since the WSIS?”
This progress in one developing country should invigorate the discussion leading up to the High-Level Meeting in New York in December.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)