For a new governance of social networks

By Marc Ansoult

"Indignant" said Stéphane Hessel in 2010. Since then we stop: humans who bomb other humans to birds that disappear from our countryside, every day we have something to indignation and forget about indignation from yesterday.

Yet there is an indignation that does not pass me. As Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament said on his Twitter account, Facebook must make clear to the 500 million Europeans that personal data are not used to manipulate democracy.

When we touch democracy in Europe, we touch the base of our values ​​and our very identity as Europeans; it really does not matter - the indignation should be and stay at its peak!

We were shocked by the outbreaks of chicken dioxin or eggs with fipronil. This time, it's always surprise and outrage, except that it's even worse. During the treatment of food crises, it was possible to sort and evacuate the chickens or the damaged eggs and then put production back on the way. How do you think that this time we can remove manipulated ideas from the brains, recount the votes and find the democratic way?

To be satisfied with Mark Zuckerberg's excuses and simply wait for the next "sorry oops" seems to me frankly irresponsible in view of the centuries that have been necessary to build our model of society.

Today with more than two billion users and with all the personal data that is in Facebook, is it still normal that their governance is that of a private company without any transparency? Facebook has actually changed in nature.

Facebook is no longer a Californian start-up publishing a social network that can find old classmates. It has become a medium that impacts 30% of the world's population and, in the hands of some, can change the fate of millions of citizens and continents.

What would you think if we said that Facebook's governance (including its publication algorithm) is now ensured by states, the private sector, civil society and international organizations, as part of their respective roles? What would you say if the principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures that shape the evolution and use of the social network are thus jointly developed, applied and controlled?

It's actually similar to Internet governance, which is another global phenomenon. The Internet has been driven by the Internet Society (ISOC) since 1992 and its governance has been debated since 2003 through world summits. The picture that illustrates the article is that of the Arab Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance Meeting Wraps Up in Dubai in March 2013.

I dream, I know. Is not that what our world village really needs?

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