Many Worlds, Many Nets, Many Visions

Many Worlds, Many Nets, Many Visions

Critical Voices, Visions and Vectors for Internet Governance

The Internet is a place of contrasts. Consider this: In 1996 John Perry Barlow wrote in his Declaration on the Independence of Cyberspace that

“We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth.”

A world that all can enter on an equal footing? Without privilege or prejudice? Has such a world emerged? A world where discrimination and fear has no place, where freedom of expression reigns? How can these beautiful words be made to fit the lived experience of so many all across the world? 
The Internet we have does not fulfil the emancipatory promise some have ascribed to it: a medium to change the world and end all injustice. The Internet has transformed the world, but it has fundamentally destabilized or even challenged key societal power differentials. Or has it? 

The Internet Governance Forum 2019 in Berlin is committed to "One World, one Net, one Vision". We beg to differ. We have invited experts and activists from all over the world, representing all stakeholder groups to present their ideas on how the Internet Governance discussion should be further developed regarding marginalized groups and communities. 

In partnership with the Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance (DC-Gender), the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), netzforma* e.V., the Gunda-Werner-Institute and the Centre for Internet and Human Rights we developed a short catalogue of visions on an internet without discrimination: “Many worlds, many nets, many visions” which will be published at the event on 26th November 2019.

Many Worlds, Many Nets, Many Visions


The collection makes space for voiced that are marginalized and largly invisible in the internet. The authors look at discrimination and hierarchical structures in the internet and make suggestions for a more emancipated and antidiscriminatory approach.


A roadmap for a feminist internet policy


The public space of the internet is a far more hazardous place for women and LGBTI people than for other groups. We must defend and expand it as a free space.

Von Francesca Schmidt

Feminism affects everyone

"Digitization affects everyone, but not everyone benefits equally."

Von Christina Dinar, Katharina Mosene, Francesca Schmidt

The statements

Offline or online. Mine!

The internet is a space where violence and abuse happen on a daily basis. When speaking up against these and participating in discussions online, especially Black People, People of Color and other marginalized groups and individuals fear the concequences of trying to make use of their freedom of speech.

Von Nana Kesewaa Dankwa

Tyranny by Database in Kenya

"What does this mean for the Nubians, and other sensitive groups such as refugees and border communities?"

Von Kedolwa Waziri

Non-discrimination by design?!

"To countervail the discriminatory effects of digitalization the sociotechnical approach towards IT development must be strengthened."

Von Claude Draude

Something has got to give

"Able-bodied, straight, cisgender white men have claimed Internet architecture and policy as their own, and they have consistently held positions of power and influence."

Von Dia Kayyali

Towards a Feminist Data Future

"While privacy and access remain important concerns, a feminist data future also requires assessing a threefold potential for digital violence inherent in all data and data practices:"

Von Nicole Shephard

Making Internet Access for All a Reality

"The right to access Internet content and through it receive and impart ideas is a key enabling right essential to realizing the full potential of human rights online."

Von PD Mag. Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann

“Solidarity is our weapon”

"Include queer/feminist perspectives, utilize them in the critique of power, and form civil society partnerships to combat discrimination and exclusion as well as to confront hate online."

Von Ricarda Drüeke

Enabling Youth Participation in Internet Governance

The participation rate of youth from underserved regions in global Internet public meetings has increased. Youth from developing regions are now more aware of the key Internet governance and digital rights issues occurring in their community.

Von Uffa Modey

Making a Feminist Internet

"At APC we believe a feminist internet empowers more women and people of diverse sexualities and gender expressions to fully enjoy our rights, engage in pleasure and play, and dismantle patriarchy."

Von Association for Progressive Communications (APC)

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

"Discrimination in digital spaces is not limited to forms of digital violence. Rather, the internet acts as a mirror of society in many ways, shaping all forms of discrimination as diverse as society itself."

Von Katharina Mosene

Because I am involved!

"The age of digital interdependence is the ripe age to challenge the strength of digital pessimism with the power of resolute, concerted digital cooperation."

Von Nnenna Nwakanma

Internet governance needs tough love

"The internet would be a better place if it was actually be governed by the stakeholders who care to join in inclusive processes, to work towards shared declarations."

Von Marietje Schaake