Internet governance - A pangolin internet
Posted in: Government & Policy at 02/10/2011 15:01
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is supposed to be a poster child of the "multi-stakeholder" model (see article). It is not your tightly choreographed international meeting. No decisions are taken, all attendees have the same right to speak -- be they government officials or hacktivists.
In many ways, the IGF, which Baobab attended this week in Nairobi, lived up to this billing. The 2000 or so delegates -- bureaucrats, businessmen, academics and activists -- not only attended the working sessions, they actually listened to each other. Refreshingly, the debates were dominated not by suits, but those who actually knew what they are talking about.