There’s more to the World Wide Web than cute cat and dog videos, Donald Trump tweets and the Kardashians’ splendour! The internet – as we all know – is celebrated as one of mankind’s greatest innovations. It is a platform for communication, collaboration, and creativity. In recent times, however, contentions on the regulation of the internet speed, cyber surveillance and balkanisation have resulted in heated debate regarding the role of the internet among the general public, governments and private organisations.
Albeit ongoing current efforts, the internet is continuously being splintered among the various stakeholders and disagreements persist. Delegates are to convene and come up with measures to establish a fairer, prosperous and ultimately freer Internet – and bridge the Digital Divide.
In the span of a decade after 2020, humans will travel to space, NASA will launch a mission to Mars and the first asteroid mining mission will take place. Planetary Resources is conducting the world’s first commercial exploration of resources on Near Earth Asteroids. SpaceX and Blue Origin are head to head in getting the first human spaceflight in orbit. Humanity’s ascension into space will be led not by governmental space agencies but private organisations.
However, current treaties on outer space, including the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty and the 1984 Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies fail to demarcate areas in which governments and corporations can extract resources, who owns such resources and how they can be utilised. Delegates are expected to refer to leverage on existing treaties when debating the equitable distribution of space resources, and methods to regulate private hegemony over space travel and space mining.
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