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Many Worlds, Many Nets, Many Visions

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The Internet has changed our world. But has it also irritated hierarchical power structures and given a meaningful voice to all? Are offline differentials in terms of access to individual and societal progress, and their narrations, challenged by the Internet – or replicated and technologically perpetuated? Internet governance, as broad and multistakeholder-driven as it has become, is still not broad enough, not open enough and not flexible enough to encompass all voices.

This collection edited by Katharina Mosene and Matthias C. Kettemann provides space for some of them. In the run-up to the 14th Internet Governance Forum in November 2019 in Berlin, the editors have developed a catalog of 30 visions for an emancipatory Internet without discrimination. 

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Towards an internet that empowers those who foster democracy through human rights based research

by Center for Internet and Human Rights

Between borrowed identities and online self-fashioning: A case for content diversity

by Baldeep Grewal, IFG Dynamic Coalition on gender and internet governance

Feminism affects everyone

by Christina Dinar & Katharina Mosene & Francesca Schmidt, Netzforma*


The statements

Offline or online. Mine!

by Nana Kesewaa Dankwa, University of Kassel

Dealing with the cause, rather than trying to clear up afterwards: changing men’s attitudes to women and technology

by Tim Unwin, Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D

Online Freedom of Expression in the Era of #MeToo

by Shmyla Khan, Digital Rights Foundation

Digitalisation is not just bounded to technology, it affects our society at large

Tatiana Bazzichelli, Disruption Network Lab

Youth voices in Internet Governance – visibility beyond tokenism?

by Elisabeth Schauermann, German Informatics Society

The Portals to the World are Locked for Millions

by Raul Aguayo-Krauthausen, Sozialhelden

Effective legal protection against hate speech online as anti-discrimination measure

by Kathrin Ganz & Kathy Meßmer & Kelda Niemeyer, Otherwise Network e.V.

Tyranny by Database in Kenya

by Kedolwa Waziri, Nubian community

Non-discrimination by design?!

by Claude Draude, University of Kassel

How EU norms impact marginalized communities around the world

by Chloé Berthélémy, European Digital Rights Movement

Something has got to give

by Dia Kayyali, WITNESS

Governing the Flows of Information in Control Societies

by Josef Barla, Goethe University Frankfurt & Christoph Hubatschke, University of Vienna

Towards a Feminist Data Future

by Nicole Shephard

Against Prediction – The Power of Imagination in the Age of Codes and Numbers

by Katrin Fritsch & Diana Kozachek & Helene von Schwichow, MOTIF Institute for Digital Culture

Making Internet Access for All a Reality

by Matthias C. Kettemann, Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI) and Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)

Designing a better internet

by Caroline Sinders

Challenges to a safer and more inclusive Internet to children and teens: should we rely so much on consent and informed decisions?

by Kelli Angelini & Marina Feferbaum & Guilherme Klafke & Stephane Hilda Barbosa Lima & Tatiane Guimarães, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo

“Solidarity is our weapon”

by Ricarda Drüeke, University of Salzburg

Enabling Youth Participation in Internet Governance

by Uffa Modey, Coordinator of the Nigeria Youth IGF

Restriction of Rights or Right of Restriction? An Inclusive Internet Depends on Proactive, Protective Legislation

by Nakeema Stefflbauer,

Making a Feminist Internet

by Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

by Katharina Mosene, Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI), Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society and netzforma* e.V.

Non-Marginalized Groups laid the Groundwork for Toxic Online Dynamics Today …

by Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard University

… therefore marginalized Groups have to be included in making Speech Policies

by Jillian York, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Because I am involved!

by Nnenna Nwakanma, World Wide Web Foundation

Internet governance needs tough love

by Marietje Schaake, Stanford University

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