Jeremy Bernick: From ERP Sales to Internet Governance Advocate (Part II)
We recently welcomed Jeremy back from their trip to Poland where they got the opportunity to attend the 2021 U.N. Internet Governance Forum. If you missed out on Part I of our Q&A series with Jeremy, you can read more here about their journey on becoming a Youth Ambassador and the topic of digital rights.
Let’s dive in to find out more about what Jeremy learned at the event and on their first visit to Poland.
Tell us about your experience at the U.N. Internet Governance conference. What were some of the topics being discussed? Can you tell us anything fun or interesting you saw/experienced while you were there?
The conference was a great experience and opened my eyes to a ton of awesome people and work being done to make the internet better. There were so many amazing things, but the most unique was the Polish heritage and customs on display (traditional dress, dancing, and music). That was particularly interesting to me since I had very little previous knowledge about Poland.
What do you think will be the biggest change the internet will see in the next 5 years?
That’s a tough question, but I think you’ll begin to see the emergence of other internets being more widely proposed and discussed. Is one global, unified internet the right way forward? Questions like this will likely come to the fore as we see emerging technologies like quantum networks and decentralized networks become more than just proof of concepts in a lab.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned since becoming a Youth Ambassador?
That the world is a truly enormous place with amazing people in every corner. Take the time to explore and meet people and your horizons will surely expand greatly.
In our last Q&A, you mentioned that digital rights must be more integrated into the standards of all platforms and the user’s online experience. Can you elaborate on this?
Yes, digital rights are becoming more talked about, especially in the domain of content moderation and de-platforming. Recently, a new and updated set of standards was released by the international legal and scholarly community called the Santa Clara Principles. These are the consensus best practices from the world’s experts on these topics and the aim is for these to be more actively utilized in tech platforms and online spaces.
Are you working on any further projects with the Internet Society, or have you written any new pieces that you’d like to share with us?
At the moment, I am happily resting and taking some time to explore the next best step in my activism to advocate for a better internet for all.
Silverware Inc. is proud and honored to have Jeremy on its team. Their dedication to understanding best practices in Internet Governance is inspiring and eye opening. We feel Jeremy’s knowledge and activism makes them a great asset to our company and we welcome more conversation about the topic through our social media channels. Please follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Also, keep an eye out on our YouTube channel for Business Central demos and tutorials and to hear what our clients and staff have to say about us!