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Helsinki and the Platform for Global Interaction


I arrived yesterday in Helsinki for one week of policy meetings at ICANN.

Today’s internet has become an issue of human rights, an economic platform so pervasive that no human life is left unaffected. While the general population is distracted by the hyper-animated sideshows of local custom enforcement, they remain unaware and undereducated on the new structural paradigm organizing human knowledge – the primary structure on which we connect, collaborate, work, play, date, and even vote.  How will we as a global society guide the growth and maturity of this now essential human experience?

At issue are concerns for equitable global inclusivity and continued acceleration in the sharing of human knowledge to benefit mankind. What are your concerns about the growth and development of the internet? Where would you advocate for more transparency or inclusivity? What are your fears in terms of global and local economic influence? How would you suggest engaging the general public in the dialog? I’m interested in hearing your thoughts and questions.

ICANN is an inclusive organization that encourages participation. Members, delegates and participants represent every country of the world, and virtually every commercial, governmental and organizational interest.

On the agenda:

ICANN: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is a nonprofit organization that is responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases related to the namespaces of the Internet – thereby ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation. ICANN performs the actual technical maintenance work of the central Internet address pools and DNS Root registries pursuant to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) function contract