The tenth edition starts tomorrow of the Internet Governance Forum. The Forum which takes place every year in different parts of the world with the aim of spreading knowledge about the 'network nodes' more and more at a local, capillary level. In practice, the objective is to analyze the ways in which modern technologies and related information skills can be disseminated and implemented to support developing countries or countries that need more advanced development, to stabilize countries that already adopt IT and technological 'good practices' and to make the world economically sustainable at the same time through the widespread use of the web. But are we really sure that we really want to spread this knowledge? Are we sure that what the most economically developed countries care about is to spread and facilitate the internet more and more? Why is there so much talk about privacy on the web? In the end it is very simple. It was 2005 when Steve Jobs gave his most famous speech at Stanford University. The sentence that went down in history is the following « Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Stay hungry, stay crazy, because only those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world really change it."
Steve Jobs lived to open information technology to the world, to make the Internet accessible, usable, fast, easy, secure. These are the words of Steve Jobs: usability, accessibility, speed, intuitive interface. For him nothing had to be limited, nothing was limiting. But in 2011 Jobs died, sadly and since then a lot has changed. Of course, further progress has been made in the use of the network, however it is no longer so accessible, no longer so secure. Some governments of the world look at it with a 'sideways' eye, others limit its use, still others control it under the radar, facilitating the burdening of computer systems, together with the countless advertisements that open at each link, making our private life less private. making traceability not a legal weapon but a double-sided weapon. We are no longer 'absolute administrators' of our PCs, others administer them for us, with us. In the workplace, then, to avoid abuses and costly illegalities, everything is even more controlled and burdened, slow and… indecorous.
In short, the internet is on the brink of becoming the most restrictive tool of our freedoms, where it should have been the most libertarian and liberating tool in the world. Let's not forget that the network was created to hide messages between scientists and managers in times of war and the cold war.
Well, it would be nice for the Internet Governance Forum to take all of this into consideration and speak frankly about it.
In the pre-event session, which will be held tomorrow, 9 November 2015 - the date of the Global Forum is approximately 10-13 November - the Chamber of Deputies, through the expert voice of the Head of the Press Office, Anna Masera, will present the Internet Bill of Rights, drawn up from Italy through a dedicated session by Parliamentary Committee on Internet Rights and Duties. A unique text of its kind, a pioneer in every sense.
It was March 16, 2012 and the General Economic and Social Assembly of the UN countries adopted a resolution A/RES/65/141.which obliged the member countries to adopt by 2011 the best practices on the use of the internet as a development engine for economically disadvantaged countries, and to implement any advanced technology to make the world more connected and safer at the same time.
Since that day, we don't want to be overly critical, but many steps backwards have been taken