Comment Neelie (Kroes)

Making speeches talk

Comment Neelie
[...] Third, I think that it is time for diplomats to realise the importance of the internet. To prevent a major backlash, we should understand the real reasons why such countries take the positions they do. Maybe they don't have the right capacity or expertise. Maybe they feel threatened by, distanced or disenfranchised from the internet. Maybe they see the whole issue as too complex and interrelated. We need to engage and convince those people of the merits of a distributed approach to internet policy-making. Because the alternative could end up being an internet that is broken up along national lines.