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.
http://www.economist.com/blogs/baobab/2011/09/internet-governance

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