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The Internet As A Right--At The World Economic Forum In Dubai.

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on November 6, 2008

I had breakfast this morning in Dubai with John Rossant, a wonderful friend and now head of Publicis’ event operation. John is putting on the World Economic Forum’s Summit on the Global Agenda conference (I’m on the Design GAC) and the big conference in Davos in January. We talked about how in the age of digital connectiveness and collaboration, people feel an even bigger need to be physically together, especially in creating something new. I’m anxious to see if this new networking effort by the WEF works in helping redesign the post-crisis world.

Take a look at one initiative by Jeff Jarvis—making internet access a right for all people on the planet. He’s going to propose it on Friday, when the Summit on the Global Agenda opens. It’s a bold open source plan to give everyone access to information and decision-makers in health, education, and politics. It assumes a free broadband network, unfiltered by governments or corporations.

My own big idea for this summit is ZipCar Capitalism.

President-elect Obama needs bold innovative thinking and fresh eyes in his new administration. There may be both here in Dubai.

Reader Comments


November 10, 2008 5:22 PM

The Internet cannot be a right as it is but a tool, albeit an incredible tool. The Internet can be used to enhance/enable an individual's rights, such as encouraging the right to freedom of opinion and expression, but it cannot be nor should it be considered a right in and of itself. Further, very few networks are free and very few unencumbered by the interests of those who run them, offer services over them or indeed regulate them. The Internet is to much a part of our daily life and subject to to many real-world constraints to be thought of in utopian ways. Let us spend more time and energy ensuring that basic human rights are respected and the hard work of deploying the Internet around the globe is encouraged.

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