[UA-discuss] Universal Acceptance and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Mark W. Datysgeld
mark at governanceprimer.com
Mon Aug 19 19:56:04 UTC 2019
Thank you for bringing this to the UA list, Mark S.
I will paste below the answers I gave on the DC-DNSI list, just to get a
conversation started. Sorry for cross-posting for those that already saw
[Is UA-readiness a component or aspect of “resilient infrastructure”?
If yes, how? If no, why not?]
One of the reasons why the Internet did not fragment back in the late
2000s was because ICANN expedited the implementation of IDNs at the top
level in what became known as the "IDN ccTLD Fast Track". This gesture
showed the world that there was interest in making the DNS inclusive of
all peoples. We need to remember that a single transnational DNS is a
voluntary decision, that any country can step out of if they decide to.
Therefore, promoting inclusion is more than a matter of good will, it is
part and parcel of a resilient infrastructure.
[Does UA-readiness promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization?
If yes, how? If no, why not?]
I do not see a strong relation here.
[Does UA-readiness foster innovation? If yes, how? If no, why not?]
It definitely does. As the Internet becomes bigger and reaches farther,
the saturation of the Namespace becomes a real issue which combines with
cybersquatting to create a complex environment for innovation. This
makes a more proactive strategy necessary to keep the market strong and
accessible. Being able to support the DNS in more languages and
extensions is a measure that furthers innovation.
[Would UA-readiness significantly increase access to information and
communications technology? If yes, how? If no, why not?]
I wouldn't say it increases access, but it makes that access more
natural, turning the Internet experience into something more seamless to
Mark W. Datysgeld from Governance Primer [www.markwd.website]
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On 19/08/2019 16:27, Mark Svancarek (CELA) via UA-discuss wrote:
> Dear UASG colleagues,
> During the upcoming Internet Governance Forum in Berlin
> <https://intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/igf-2019> there will be a
> Dynamic Coalition main session on Day 3 – or Thursday, Nov 28 – which
> will focus on how work of the 18 different Dynamic Coalitions advances
> the Sustainable Development Goals
> The Dynamic Coalition on DNS Issues (DC-DNSI) is anticipating to
> participate during this main session to advocate for UA-readiness.
> DC-DNSI members briefly discussed linking UA-readiness with Sustainable
> Development Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure), and
> specifically the Target 9C
> namely to “significantly increase access to information and
> communications technology.”
> The argument we are interested in making is that UA-readiness is a
> contributory factor of “Infrastructure for Digital Inclusion.”
> The organizing team wants to engage the collective wisdom of this group
> to test underlying assumptions involved in linking UA-readiness with
> this SDG, i.e. whether UA-readiness:
> * is a component or an aspect of “resilient infrastructure,”
> * promotes inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and/or
> * fosters innovation.
> Further, would UA-readiness significantly increase access to information
> and communications technology?
> *SDG 9* “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and
> sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.”
> *Target 9C *“_Significantly increase access to information and
> communications technology_ and strive to provide universal and
> affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020.”
> Accordingly, we are seeking input on the following questions:
> 1. Is UA-readiness a component or aspect of “resilient
> infrastructure”? If yes, how? If no, why not?
> 2. Does UA-readiness promote inclusive and sustainable
> industrialization? If yes, how? If no, why not?
> 3. Does UA-readiness foster innovation? If yes, how? If no, why not?
> 4. Would UA-readiness significantly increase access to information and
> communications technology? If yes, how? If no, why not?
> Please provide, where possible, supporting arguments and illustrations.
> Feel free to share your thoughts on or off list. If you elect to share
> them privately with the organizing team (Nik Smith (nsmith at verisign.com
> <mailto:nsmith at verisign.com>), Dennis Tan Tanaka
> (dtantanaka at verisign.com <mailto:dtantanaka at verisign.com>), Melinda Clem
> (mclem at afilias.info <mailto:mclem at afilias.info>) and/or Susan Chalmers
> (schalmers at ntia.gov <mailto:schalmers at ntia.gov>) ) we will share
> anonymize and summarize the responses with the list to build discussion.
> Thank you, and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
> Mark Svancarek
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