[IRPCoalition] Big Tech governing Big Tech -- An open letter to UN SG to stop plans for a new High Level Multistakeholder Body

Timothy Holborn timothy.holborn at gmail.com
Sun Mar 7 06:58:05 EET 2021

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On Fri, 5 Mar 2021 at 19:30, Timothy Holborn <timothy.holborn at gmail.com>

> Hi All,
> I am deeply concerned about the implications relating to the ideological
> orientation through which technology i was involved in creating, is now
> being commercialised world-wide as the underlying technology for vaccine
> passports:  I have illustrated my concerns:
> https://medium.com/@timothy.holborn/digital-covid19-vaccine-passport-4298933ae393
> <https://medium.com/@timothy.holborn/digital-covid19-vaccine-passport-4298933ae393>
> alongside the thread that can be found:
> https://twitter.com/SailingDigital/status/1367756011507912705  & various
> notes made with the HashTag: #DataCollars
> https://twitter.com/search?q=%23datacollars
> It must be noted; that there is a far broader ecosystems approach that
> seeks to support human personhood / human agency, in relation to digital
> evidence & AI; via an ecosystem, that this tactical method by major 'silo'
> related investors - is seemingly seeking to circumvent.  The objective
> 'intent' of my work from 2000 ( starting with
> http://webcivics.org/iBank.html document, way back then); is illustrated
> in the afore mentioned links.  The reason why standards was required; was
> to ensure that the technologies employed were provided royalty free status
> by patent-pool related intellectual property holders, as to ensure 'freedom
> of thought' was able to be supported as a 'feature'; however, technology in
> and of itself is ideologically agnostic.  Whether it be the perversion of
> elections ( https://www.wired.com/2017/02/veles-macedonia-fake-news/ ) or
> toilet-paper shortages ( https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51731422
> ) there is a big difference between solutions (
> https://www.wired.com/story/microsoft-decentralized-id-blockchain/ )
> brought to market via some sort of 'weeties packet'; that issue an
> 'identifier' to 3rd party, extremely advanced artificial intelligence
> systems related (for profit) archives of information about persons; vs.
> solutions that produce an inter-domestic approach whereby those 'online
> data storage' and AI operations related systems, are made to be
> inter-domestic; as to support knowledge economy on an inter-domestic
> manner, which may in-turn better enfranchise humanity and support of
> underlying human rights principles.
> There is a very limited amount of time in which an alternative considered
> to be 'fit for purpose' may be brought about (inter-domestically).  One of
> my early ideas is that perhaps; our health agencies can provide the
> 'passports' for persons; and that the 'commercial' 'decentralised
> identifiers' can be issued to businesses (legal personalities) rather than
> human beings (natural persons); which is likely easier for various
> international stewardship of economic affairs persons to figure out; given
> the difference in how policy is made to protect the 'value' of 'commercial
> investments' (thereby the 'legal personalities' 'digital identifiers' /
> socio-economic rights) vs. similar sorts of considerations made about human
> beings, particularly those who are poor without family trusts or
> directorships or assets.
> A #DataCollar may become a new form of 'slavery', in a very different way
> (nb: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01442872.2020.1724926 )
> to older examples; that requires people to be shipped in boats as 'slaves'
> (provided shelter and the basics as to support the means of slaves to
> provide labour); or 'illegals' (kinda like a slave, no much in terms of
> 'access to justice', simlar to alien:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_(law) which relates in-turn to
> 'choice of law' on digital silos - so - not sure if the implications of
> that kinda thing are well understood?),
> In-order to communicate anything that may in-future be considered to be
> 'of value', we are increasingly required to use online systems.  How are
> human rights or sovereign systems of government (particularly those that
> involve parliamentary representatives; rather than more simply 'rulers',
> notwithstanding various views such as the one that was available:
> https://web.archive.org/web/20190206213806/http://www.christianfinanceobservatory.org/en/the-charta/
> as is still available:
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz_os8GdvH2nUGR3TERGMzJnNVU/view (per
> attached); whereby there are various 'values' we share world-wide; which i
> am very concerned, may be set aside by a handful of persons, in ways that
> concerns me greatly, may not be good for our biosphere or humanity.
> Regards,
> Timothy Holborn
> On Fri, 5 Mar 2021 at 18:42, parminder via IRP <
> irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org> wrote:
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>> From: parminder <parminder at itforchange.net>
>> To: "irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org" <
>> irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org>
>> Cc:
>> Bcc:
>> Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2021 14:11:59 +0530
>> Subject: Big Tech governing Big Tech -- An open letter to UN SG to stop
>> plans for a new High Level Multistakeholder Body
>> Dear All
>> This is an open letter to the UN Secretary General
>> <https://justnetcoalition.org/big-tech-governing-big-tech.pdf> initiated
>> by 16 global and national level civil society networks and organisations
>> urging him to shelve plans for a High Level Multistakeholder Body which, if
>> set up, can be expected to become the default apex global digital
>> governance and policy body. This body is proposed to have a private funding
>> model, with strong hints also at a 'pay to play' model. It is but obvious
>> that Big Tech will come to dominate any such body.
>> Quoting from the letter:
>> *Not only in developing countries but also in the US and EU, calls for
>> stronger regulation of Big Tech are rising. At the precise point when we
>> should be shaping global norms to regulate Big Tech, plans have emerged for
>> an ‘empowered’ global digital governance body that will evidently be
>> dominated by Big Tech. Adding vastly to its already overweening power, this
>> new Body would help Big Tech resist effective regulation, globally and at
>> national levels. Indeed, we face the unbelievable prospect of ‘a Big Tech
>> led body for Global Governance of Big Tech’.*
>>  Two technical annexes to the open letter explain the background of the
>> matter in considerable detail.
>> *This letter is open for endorsements, *which can be done by writing an
>> email to *secretariat at justnetcoalition.org
>> <secretariat at justnetcoalition.org>* or filling *this form
>> <https://justnetcoalition.org/big-tech-governing-big-tech-form>* before
>> midnight PST (GMT-8) of the 7th of March.
>> Please also do circulate to other groups and networks where it may
>> attract interest.
>> The open letter may also be accessed at
>> https://justnetcoalition.org/big-tech-governing-big-tech.pdf
>> French text is at :
>> https://justnetcoalition.org/big-tech-governing-big-tech-french.pdf
>> <https://justnetcoalition.org/big-tech-governing-big-tech-french.pdf>
>> and Spanish version at -
>> https://justnetcoalition.org/big-tech-governing-big-tech-spanish.pdf
>> Please let us know if you have any questions or comments regarding the
>> above.
>> Best, parminder
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>> Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2021 14:11:59 +0530
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>> UN SG to stop plans for a new High Level Multistakeholder Body
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