10.10.2023

Ignoring a Problem Is Also a Way To Solve It

Ignoring a Problem Is Also a Way To Solve It

The speakers and organizers of the session were employees of the Internet Registry of IP Addresses in the Asia-Pacific Region (APNIC) and related experts. According to the speakers, the main threat to the global Internet is seen in the decline of public confidence in the Internet interconnectedness management system, which, in turn, generates discussions about the impending technical fragmentation of the World Wide Web. Thus, the main task of the technological community of the UN member states is to prove themselves in the best way when filling the Global Digital Compact with specific content in order to offset the risks of possible technical fragmentation of the Internet into zones with their own access protocols.

Against this background, the content fragmentation of the Internet (regional and country restrictions on the circulation of certain information and content) was proposed not to be considered as such, since it rather falls under the understanding of "different Internet-user experience", depending on the place of residence of a particular user.

The speakers agreed that Internet fragmentation and content diversity are completely different phenomena. Thus, a simple and elegant solution was found to the global problem of increasing control over content, both from digital platforms and national regulators, in the form of a formula - "this is different". Not being able to offer real working schemes of content regulation at the global level, it was agreed not to consider the problem a problem.