Martha Lane Fox, founder of lastminute.com, has called for the creation of a new national institution to make “Britain the most digital nation on the planet”. This would be achieved by enabling people to understand, and take full advantage of, the transformative power of the Internet.
Enter “Dot Everyone” – an initiative developed by Martha that aims to establish frameworks to help navigate the online world. She argues that there are three areas that should be prioritised, and best demonstrate the opportunities available from this project: education, women and ethics.
- DOT EVERYONE has to help educate people from all backgrounds about the internet, and make sure no-one is left behind by lacking in digital skills. Those in power also need to understand how the internet can help redefine public services, improve the lives of the most vulnerable and bolster our economy.
- DOT EVERYONE must put women at the heart of the technology sector, because something that is for everyone should be built by everyone. Closing the gender gap will improve innovation, productivity and performance, and give Britain a real edge.
- Finally, we should aim for a much more ambitious global role in unpicking the complex moral and ethical issues that the internet presents.
Watch her deliver the 2015 Richard Dimbleby Lecture (above), which outlines how “we can and should be inventing the definitive public institution for our digital age.”
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Writing for Project Syndicate, former Secretary-General of NATO Javier Solana calls for “a multi-stakeholder approach to creating governance structures for the Internet.”
Javier notes that information and communication technologies have become a central part of everyday life for most of the world’s population. Whilst these technologies generate enormous benefits, he argues that they are also risky, owing to the ease of accessing data and using it for criminal purposes. Cyber attacks are already vastly increasing in number, sophistication, magnitude, and impact.
Javier goes on to say that although cyber crime is highly internationalised, a global governance regime has yet to be fully developed. He argues that various initiatives, such as The Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS), are limited in effectiveness by “the fact that the three largest cyberspace powers – the United States, China, and Russia – have not agreed on a common treaty to harmonise national laws or facilitate cooperation.”
“The international community has put in place minimal codes that regulate areas like health and nuclear weapons proliferation,” Javier concludes, “There is no reason why we cannot do the same in cyberspace.”
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It’s not too late to catch Evan Roth‘s latest exhibition – “Voices Over the Horizon” – at the Carroll / Fletcher gallery in London. It documents the Paris-based American artist’s journey to find the internet’s hidden infrastructure.
If you’re familiar with Evan’s work, you know much of it centres around the way technology has sneakily and pervasively wiggled into our lives. “Voices Over the Horizon” grapples with this same idea, only with a paranormal twist. Using ghost-hunting technologies and rituals, he ventures into the Internet’s physical landscape to reconnect with a network changed by monetisation, centralisation and surveillance.
“There are similarities between the two [internet and ghost-hunting]” explains Roth. “Ghost hunting communities talk a lot about ghosts as being disembodied human energy, so in that sense there’s a crossover because the internet is this place where we send all of our selves, packaged into the fiber optics as data and information.” Carroll / Fletcher describe how the exhibition “reveals loss and an unconventional search to seek out optimism and inspiration in an increasingly dark Internet landscape.”
Evan will give a free talk on his current solo show at Carroll / Fletcher on April 9th. Click here to RSVP, or here for a review in WIRED magazine.
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