[bc-gnso] Secretary Pritzker's Best Quote today

Chuck Warren warren65 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 13 17:55:35 UTC 2014


On Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM, J. Scott Evans <jscottevans at outlook.com>

> Can I get an amen!!??!!
> ------------------------------
> From: sdelbianco at netchoice.org
> To: bc-gnso at icann.org
> Subject: [bc-gnso] Secretary Pritzker's Best Quote today
> Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:40:09 +0000
>  In today’s opening ceremony, US Commerce Secretary Pritzker said:
> *.*
>   Yep, she said DIRECTLY ACCOUNTABLE TO THE COMMUNITY.   That’s our point
> exactly.
>      With her full remarks below
> *Monday, October 13, 2014*
>  News Media Contact:
>  Office of Public Affairs, 202-482-4883
>  *Remarks As Prepared for Delivery*
>  Thank you, Steve Crocker, for your introduction and for your leadership
> as the Chairman of ICANN. I also want to thank you, Fadi Chehade, and the
> entire Board of ICANN for bringing together so many leaders in the global
> internet community and for taking the lead in advancing the
> multistakeholder process. And I want to acknowledge Assistant Secretary
> Larry Strickling and our entire team at the National Telecommunications and
> Information Administration (NTIA) for their daily work on Internet policy
> issues, domain name system issues, and protecting the Internet as an engine
> for innovation and prosperity.
>  We come together at a time when Internet governance is as important as
> ever. The fact is that we must do everything we can to protect and preserve
> this revolutionary platform that is the essential connector of people,
> economies, and communities across the planet. I do not have to tell anyone
> in this room that more people are working, shopping, interacting, and
> learning online than ever before – all because of the work so many of you
> have done throughout the years to build and strengthen this system.
>  I hope all of you will read my friend Walter Isaacson’s wonderful new
> book, *The Innovators*.  In it, Walter says that collaborative creativity
> is what drives technological advancement -- and I quote -- that “innovation
> comes from teams more often than from the light bulb moments of lone
> genius.” Walter is absolutely right. Of course, we owe much to those light
> bulb moments, but innovators are by nature collaborators. That is, no one
> person alone can turn a cutting-edge discovery into a world changing
> product or a service without a team. History makes that clear: it is that
> same collaboration that has enabled the Internet to become what it is
> today. Facilitated initially by U.S. government investment through DARPA,
> the Internet as we now know it was built off of one inventive leap on top
> of another -- And through the amazing genius ranging from Vint Cerf to Bob
> Kahn to Steve Crocker to Tim Berners Lee to Marc Andreessen to so many
> others. Their work has given us the most dynamic communications and
> connective platform that the world has ever seen.
>   The Internet indeed improves quality of life for millions and enables
> people from all over the globe to achieve greater economic opportunity.
> Without the Internet, a teenager from a remote village in southern India
> would not have been able to create his own business.  Abin Jose Tom was 19
> years old when he was given a school assignment to create a website. Five
> years later, Abin’s project is now a global web solutions and design
> company named Webandcrafts, with more than 550 clients worldwide. We live
> in an era when all an entrepreneur needs to start, build, and promote a
> business is a mobile device and a Wi-Fi connection. Put simply, the
> Internet is a fundamental gateway to new growth for developing nations and
> continued prosperity for developed nations.
>  The Internet is also a vital platform for free expression and the
> exchange of ideas.  And that is why I stand before you today to make this
> fundamental promise: the United States will protect and preserve a free,
> vibrant and open Internet.
>  At the Department of Commerce, we are proud to call ourselves America’s
> innovation and data agency. As someone who comes from the private sector
> and started five companies, I know first-hand the essential role the
> Internet plays in making sure businesses are able to compete globally. I
> have the privilege of being President Obama’s point person on
> entrepreneurship.  In leading our Presidential Ambassadors for Global
> Entrepreneurship, I get to work with some of America’s most successful CEOs
> to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs at home and abroad. In my
> 15 months as Secretary, I have visited more than 20 countries.  And
> everywhere we travel—from Ghana to the Philippines—the innovators we meet
> make clear that the web is a critical tool needed for success. That is why
> we must all work together to protect the Internet, and to keep it open and
> free. Our global economy and the young entrepreneurs of the world are
> counting on us.
>  Indeed, the Internet has become a fixture of modern life, not just in
> the United States and the West, but in big cities, rural villages, and
> small towns across the globe. Consider the transformations of recent years:
> ·         Twenty years ago, there were 16 million Internet users. Today,
> that number is over 2.5 billion.
> ·         In 2008, roughly 1.5 billion devices were connected to the
> Internet. Today, there are an estimated 7.5 billion. By 2018, experts
> predict that figure to exceed 18 billion.
> ·         And the people largely driving this growth are living in
> developing countries, where the number of households with Internet access
> has more than doubled in the past five years.
>  All of this means that we are at a critical moment for ICANN and the
> important work you do. This means that how we govern and use the Internet
> is of global importance. This means that consensus decisions related to the
> Internet domain name system made today in Los Angeles can shape lives and
> livelihoods in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and elsewhere not just today
> but long into the future.
>  All of us are stakeholders in a strong and vibrant, global Internet. The
> Internet has thrived precisely because citizens around the world have a
> voice in how the Internet is governed. That is why we -- the United States
> government -- support multistakeholder processes. This is our bedrock
> principle for Internet governance. Let me be clear about this. The United
> States will not allow the global Internet to be coopted by any person,
> entity, or nation seeking to substitute their parochial worldview for the
> collective wisdom of this community – you, the community of stakeholders
> represented so well here today.
>  As such, that is why six months ago NTIA announced the decision to
> transition its stewardship role over the Internet Domain Name System to the
> global multistakeholder communities. From the inception of ICANN in 1998,
> the United States government envisioned that its role with respect to the
> IANA functions would be temporary. Over the years, many stakeholders took
> comfort in the fact that the United States provided some level of
> stewardship over ICANN. I have been encouraged by the way the global
> community and ICANN have stepped up to develop the transition proposal. We
> rally our allies and will continue to build international coalitions to
> support multistakeholder governance of the Internet. And we are strong
> supporters of an ICANN that is committed to the idea of individual voices
> coming to consensus decisions.
>  We must all recognize, however, that this was not inevitable, and we
> should not take it for granted. We all know that multistakeholder
> governance, and institutions like ICANN, are under intense and
> unprecedented pressure and scrutiny. Yet we are confident that the
> multistakeholder model offers the greatest assurance that the Internet will
> continue to thrive. And we must work together to ensure that the Internet
> remains an engine for economic growth, innovation, and free expression. We
> must continue to work hard to sustain multistakeholder governance, because
> it has enemies who want to reduce Internet governance to a meeting of
> governmental technocrats promoting narrow national interests.
>  We must make clear this approach is the best tool to secure the openness
> and the vibrancy of the Internet. We must ensure that ICANN can build on
> its efforts to strengthen the multistakeholder process and can become
> directly accountable to the customers of the IANA functions and to the
> broader Internet community.
>  Next week, at the International Telecommunication Union Conference in
> Korea, we will see proposals to put governments in charge of Internet
> governance. You can rest assured that the United States will oppose these
> efforts at every turn.
>  We know that those interested in government control tend to be countries
> that censor content and stifle the free flow of information. We will be
> clear that these steps are contrary to our belief in the value of free
> speech – whether on the Internet, in society, in the public sphere – both
> here at home and abroad. We will remind all players – in each instance –
> that the multistakeholder model will preserve and protect a strong and
> resilient Internet.
>  In closing, the world is watching ICANN, and some are waiting for us to
> fail. But we cannot – and must not – let that happen. We have to get this
> transition right. Make no mistake: I stand by ICANN. I am “all in” when it
> comes to the global debate over Internet governance.  And we will preserve
> and protect a free and open internet. From the birth of the Internet
> through the present day, this community has stood together on the cutting
> edge of the drive to extend access to and the reach of the Internet – a key
> path for growth and success in the 21st century. And in every forum, the
> United States will remain a steadfast champion of the Internet, working to
> ensure that it remains an open platform for economic opportunity,
> innovation, and free expression.
>  But moving forward, all of us need to step up – like my friend Walter
> likes to say:
> ·         We must collaborate to protect and expand the global Internet;
> ·         We must collaborate to ensure that the Internet continues to
> flourish;
> ·         And we must collaborate to guarantee that the Internet remains
> a gateway to prosperity and free expression the world over.
>  Thank you all for gathering together today and every day to advance our
> shared vision of a more open, more free, and more accessible Internet.
>  ###

Chuck Warren
Silver Bullet, LLC
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