We organized the Internet Ungovernance Forum on September 4-5, 2014 for people who demand that fundamental freedoms, openness, unity and net neutrality remain the building blocks of the Internet. Our ambition has been to talk about the real problems of the Internet, how we can solve these and to chart a path for action.
Our forum was held in parallel to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2014 which was also in Istanbul between September 2-5. Interested parties all around the world joined and followed this important event. We have seen that at IGFs, the most urgent problems of the Internet do not get the right attention. Due to the "multi-stakeholderism" format, the main perpetrators of many of the Internet's problems, governments and corporations, are getting representation in IGF that they don’t deserve. Given these circumstances, we decided to take initiative to defend the Internet as we know it and create a space to raise the voices of civil society initiatives, activists and common people.
For us, the most vital problems today are censorship and freedom of speech; surveillance and privacy; excessive commercialization and super-monopolies; protective, prohibitionist and conservative governance approaches; awful governance examples as in the case of Turkey and the list goes on. Further, we do not see any of these problems independent of the greater political, social and economic contexts in which the Internet and related digital infrastructures are embedded in. We call on our participants to resist seeing the problems of the Internet as only technological and void of its materiality. We want to reclaim the Internet as a fundamental infrastructure of our societies, cities, education, health, work, media, communications, culture and everyday activities.
Today, it is more imminent than ever to strengthen networks of solidarity and connect struggles across the globe for the Internet we want. For this we envision the Ungovernance Forum to be a space in which we can discuss the problems and solutions of the Internet openly, with courage, and without shying away from conflict. To develop the program of the forum we have relied on our powerful but inevitably limited existing networks. We therefore invite all of you to use this event and expand our collective imagination and circuits of action.
As Alternative Informatics Association, we underline the necessity of the Internet as a free, equal and basic human right and regard it as fundamental to struggles of justice. If you want a free, secure and open Internet and you’re fighting for it, we ask you to join and support us at the Internet Ungovernance Forum in Istanbul!
Photograph: Protest against Internet censorship in Istanbul, Turkey 2011
Full video documentation of the two-day conference.
Video live stream and archive is provided by Çapul TV.
Internet Ungovernance Forum took place at the Istanbul Bilgi University Santral Campus.
Simultaneous interpretation provided for English and Turkish.
|3. September, Wednesday|
SPECIAL SESSION 13.00 - 18.00 at Taksim MMO (Map)
Governance or Ungovernance: A Strategy Workshop for Internet Activists
Invited Guests: Milton Mueller, Robin Gross, Melih Kirlidog, Meryem Marzouki
Registration required, click here for more information
|4. September, Thursday||5. September, Friday|
|Room/Salon A||Room/Salon B||Room/Salon A||Room/Salon B|
|10:00||Opening and Introductions|
|10:30||Keynote Yaman Akdeniz - Bilgi University|
|11:15||Break/Ara (15 min/dk)||Mapping Internet Governance Announcement|
Internet and Human Rights in Turkey
(Mod: Aslı TelliAydemir - Sehir University & AIA)
Elif Küzeci, Bahçeşehir University
Kerem Altıparmak, Ankara University, Law Faculty
Agnes Callamard - Columbia University
Solidarity Against Dispossession in the City and on the Internet
(Mod: Burak Arikan - AIA)
Elif Ince - Radikal Gazetesi
Yasar Adanali - Mutlu Kent, 1Umut
Niels ten Oever - Article19
Aslı Telli Aydemir - Sehir University & AIA
(Harry Halpin - W3C)
|13:00||Lunch Break||Lunch Break|
Click here to see workshop proposals
Citizen Journalism and Alternative Media
(Mod: Isik Mater - AIA)
Elif Akgül - Bianet
Tuba Güneş - Çapul TV
Sarphan Uzunoğlu - jiyan.org
Fırat Yumuşak - Ötekilerin Post
Gillo Cutrupi, Tactical Tech
Mallory Knodel, APC
|15:45||Coffee Break (15 dk)||Coffee Break (15 dk)|
Surveillance & Net Neutrality
(Mod:Orkut Murat Yılmaz - AIA)
Katitza Rodriguez - EFF
Amelia Andersdotter - Pirate Party, Sweden
Melih Kırlıdoğ - AIA
Chris Soghoian - ACLU
Markus Beckedahl - Netzpolitik.org
Data protection and secure communication practices for media members
Keynote Harry Halpin - W3C
Power to the People! Revolutionary Philosophical Implications of Internet Governance
Web We Want
(mod: Renata Avila - Web We Want)
|18:00||Keynote Jacob Appelbaum - Tor Project||Christopher Soghoian ve Special Guest|
|19:00||Shuttle from Bilgi University Santral Campus to Taksim|
|20:00||Reception/Kokteyl (Studio Live, Taksim)|
Forum de Desgovernança da Internet Brasil
November 2015, João Pessoa - Paraíba, Brasil