Thursday, February 17, 2005

Internet Governance: A Definition

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The Working Group on Internet Governance has come up with a two part definition for Internet Governance:

First descriptive sentence:
Internet governance means the collective rules, procedures, and
related programs intended to shape social actors' expectations,
practices, and interactions concerning Internet infrastructure and
transactions and content.

Second prescriptive sentence:
To the extent possible/as appropriate etc, Internet governance
should be multilateral, transparent and democratic, with the full
and balanced involvement of governments, the private sector, civil
society and international organizations. It should encompass both
technical and public policy aspects, ensure an equitable
distribution of resources, facilitate access for all, and maintain the
stable and secure functioning of the Internet, taking into account
multilingualism.

The Working Group is requesting comments. Thus far, comments have been received from the ITU's Richard Hill, and the Corporation for National Research Initiatives Patrice Lyons.

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