The UN Secretary-General has called for a Global Digital Compact to be agreed at the Summit of the Future (September 2024) to “outline shared principles for an open, free and secure digital future for all.”
Landecker Fellow Ayden Férdeline submitted written input to the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy On Technology, calling for national governments to reaffirm the definition of Internet governance agreed as part of the Tunis Agenda in 2005. “The Tunis Agenda affirmed that all stakeholders, including civil society, have a role to play in making fundamental decisions about the future of the Internet,” Ayden explains.
The Global Digital Compact arrives at a time when the impact of the Internet on society is better understood. According to Ayden, “while governments have understandable concerns about the Internet, any future regulation must be developed in a multi-stakeholder manner, with the full involvement of civil society, and not decided by governments alone.”
- Read Ayden’s submission in full here.
- To find more about Ayden’s recent endeavors, visit his Humanity in Action person page.
Ayden is one of thirty 2022-2023 Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.