How many of my readers were on the internet in 1999?
Well I was and I participated in an experiment into democracy……
Democracy on the internet…….
in 1999 I felt that the internet was the future of democracy and voting…….now a look back into those days……
In 1999, the organization responsible for the backbone of the public internet, ICANN, tried to build a democracy.
In theory it was utopian: Internet users from around the world would register as at-large members of ICANN, elect delegates to represent their continent, and these delegates would sit on the ICANN board of directors. The structure of internet would be governed by its users.
ICANN was in a position to do this because it’s in the business of determining how people are found on the World Wide Web. It governs the directory that every computer uses for directions to the right web page on the right server. If you register a web page, it gets registered by an ICANN-approved registrar. This proposal wasn’t just about who could register a .edu domain versus a .org, but instead who would be allowed to have a place on the web at all.
I still think that the internet could be used for good but that would require a free internet and there are too many working to make sure that is NEVER the case.