We found it particularly encouraging that EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes was reluctant to provide on-the-fly legal guidance for the Internet sector, quite rightly protesting that “it is not possible for one person or one institution to lay down a single way to approach these issues”.
We at the Internet Society (ISOC) could not have put it better ourselves. Even though some are applying pressure to embark on a hasty plan of action, we heartily endorse a more considered approach.
Throughout its history, the Internet’s success as a unique platform for innovation, creativity and economic opportunity has been inextricably tied to the open, transparent, multistakeholder processes that have informed its technologies, management and operation.
We believe the overarching principle of openness has ensured its success and growth to date, and that it is key to ensuring the Internet continues to improve quality of life for people in all parts of the world.
Here’s to hoping that policymakers such as Kroes continue to use these same long-proven principles to guide their actions, and avoid bowing to expedient but short-sighted pressures.
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