by Neil Turkewitz
Lots of words come to mind, none of which I plan to explore here other than to note, in passing, that the likelihood of the blank being filled with a word not generally used in proper company is likely to produce fundamental changes in internet governance. It is now abundantly clear that absence of real governance is not such a good idea, and that lack of accountability invites — indeed breeds, unaccountable conduct which undermines societal welfare. The events around Cambridge Analytica may have served as the precipitating catalyst for change, but they are not the cause. The underlying need for change has been evident to many of us for years, but the false promise of freedom, constructed on an architecture of the provision of seemingly “free” goods and services, has blinded too many policymakers and citizens to the consequences of the grand deceit — that one could get something for nothing. I think the blinders are off. Which does bring me back to the subject of this essay.
Neil Turkewitz is the Senior Policy Counsel at the International Center for Law & Economics, and was previously the Executive Vice President, International, at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
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