Living in a talk-shop bubble: How the MAG is undermining the IGF’s credibility

Despite increasing relevance in the uncertain post-WCIT world, the advisory group to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) remains incapable of fixing long-identified problems and is undermining its credibility.The Internet means it is not possible for the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) to work and talk in a closed, self-contained group (despite frequent efforts to do so). Nonetheless, the small number of individuals that decide the annual forum’s direction are driving the IGF into a strategic ditch while rationalizing away the warnings given to it by the broader Internet community, as an open consultation in Paris recently highlighted.

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