Note: This is a text I was asked to write, after IGF 2017, in Geneva. Not so surprisingly, it was never published by the organization that asked me for it .
It was written around 12 January 2018. Target audience was young people.
The Internet Government Forum is an annual meeting, organized by the United Nations, that brings together governments, private sector and civil society to discuss Internet governance. IGF 2017 happened last month in Geneva, Switzerland.
IGF is a world in itself. Bringing people all over the world to discuss Internet related issues results in a rich diversity of topics and interests. The technical aspects of the Internet infrastructure, the Internet role in developing countries, gender and minorities challenges on the web, net neutrality, online safety for children, Internet of things, governmental surveillance, cyber warfare… are just a few examples of the diversity of IGF. With multiple different sessions, and even entire side events, happening at the same time, for several days, it is up to each participant to chose which ones to attend. Therefore, any report made by a participant of IGF will necessarily be highly subjective, based on his own experience and preferences, and does not reflect the globality of the event itself.
This is the day zero of my blog.
In my mind, it will be a blog about Law and Digital Rights (mostly). It will have posts in English or in Portuguese, depending on the subject. I do love my language, but I also need to practice my English (some English errors guaranteed!). And talking about digital rights in Portuguese can be a very lonely thing.
I do not expect to write in it very often.
Creating a blog in 2017, almost 2018, is certainly against the trends. However, last years showed me how badly we need to try to recover the lost art of blogging. Nowadays Facebook and Twitter have taken over the web but I miss the days before all that happened. Social networks are surely very convenient, but that's pretty much it. People have lost the habit of writing longer, well thought posts. Longer posts are not better per se, but the process of writing them is quite useful to make you think, process and consolidate information. Nowadays posts are written in 140 characters as if we were all illiterates, we are getting addicted to insta gratification of likes and other feedback, interesting content gets mixed with useless content. Your family meeting photos, some funny cat videos and content you are interest in are all mixed together and then some opaque algorithm will decide what you will see.
This blog is also an effort do decentralize and re-compartmentalize.
Joomla because free software and because I'm already familiar with it.
Joomla + own domain + host to try to take back some control.
In theory this is a personal blog that will focus mostly on Law, Technology and Digital Rights. In practice, anything goes. These are the rules: I write mostly for myself but everyone is welcome here; it will have posts both in English and in Portuguese, depending on the subject and intended audience; I do not expect to write often.