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nmelihan's picture

Framework

Hi Klaus, this is a very interesting initiative. I believe the paper I have uploaded to CoP would make a valuable contribution to your process. It touches on the main things you mention and provides 'point of departure' solutions.
The document is entitled "Manifesto for Smarter Intervention in Complex Systems", it can be found here: www.carre-strauss.com
Happy to send it to you
Hanne

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Vessela Karloukovska's picture

New IG Basics and new Instruments to make IG work

Hi Klaus,
Thank you for your extensive contribution. Indeed, the tensions between territorial & digital sovereignty easily slide into a discussion on the fundamentals of democracy. You wrote that "Both spheres have their own governance structures ..., but they can only be legitimate and successful if they put the awareness building and empowerment of their citizens and that of the citizens in other spheres, at the center of their thinking and doing. Joint governance structures should be citizen-centric."
That is one of the colossal challenges facing modern democracy today even outside the context of Internet Governance. It's enough to go through Robert Dahl's 5 requisites for a democratic polity (from "Democracy & its critics, 1989) to remind ourselves how abysmal the gap is:
1) effective participation where all citizens are equally empowered to take part in the political process;
2) enlightened understanding where citizens have access to appropriate information that allows them to contribute;
3) agenda-setting where citizens are empowered to decide which issues should figure on the public agenda;
4) voting equality at decisive stages so that all citizens should have a vote of equal weight at every point a decision is made;
5) inclusiveness where the civic rights are available to all.

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