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CAPTURING HISTORIC STATEMENTS ABOUT CORE PRINCIPLES OF THE INTERNET

Internet Protocol co-inventor Vint Cerf speaks on an expert panel at the Global INET conference - the Internet Society's 20th Anniversary Conference.

Internet Protocol co-inventor Vint Cerf speaks on an expert panel at the Internet Society’s Global INET 20th Anniversary Conference, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, in April 2012.

Researchers from Elon, North Carolina, were invited to the Internet Society’s 20th Anniversary INET conference in Geneva, Switzerland, in April 2012 to document the global Internet policy discussions and do interviews: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/isoc_20th_2012/default.xhtml. We asked conference participants, “What is your greatest hope for the future of the Internet?” Without being reminded ISOC’s formal list of core principles, the 50 people interviewed made statements that fell mostly into the categories established as its core values and principles. Please click on the following links to see a selection of video clips showing their statements of hope that reflect these principles:

The ability to connect
The ability to speak
The ability to innovate
The ability to share
The ability to choose
The ability to trust

The Internet Society’s “core values,” quoted directly as stated on the ISOC website (http://internetsociety.org/node/21/),  are:

  • The quality of life for people in all parts of the world is enhanced by their ability to enjoy the benefits of an open and global Internet.
  • Well-informed individuals and public and private policy makers are the essential foundation of an open and global Internet society.
  • The genius of the Internet is that its decentralized architecture maximizes individual users’ power to choose (or create) and use the hardware, software, and services that best meet their needs, and if the Internet is to continue to be a platform for innovation and creativity, its open, decentralized nature must be preserved.
  • Enduring and sustainable progress toward our vision is best achieved by a combination of global initiatives and activities at a local level that engage people in their home regions.
  • Technical standards and Internet operating procedures should be developed and asserted through open and transparent processes, with minimal barriers to participation or access to information.
  • The social, political, and economic benefits of the Internet are substantially diminished by excessively restrictive governmental or private controls on computer hardware or software, telecommunications infrastructure, or Internet content.
  • Rewarding and productive use of the Internet depends on the ability to trust critical services.

Vint Cerf, co-founder of ISOC and co-inventor of TCP/IP, has a wish that encompasses what this project is all about.