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skieris's picture

What next for Internet Governance?

Thank you for your contribution, Ioanna!

I'd like to pass on the discussion opened here on the role of governments, institutions like ICANN, and other actors, to other participants in the debate. What is your view on how the Internet should be governed and on the current multi-stakeholder model?

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Andy's picture

Consider the Control Points

David Clark, a Senior Research Scientist from MIT, recently authored a Working Paper on Control Point Analysis which provides a number of important and relevant considerations that would be useful to the EC and others engaging in the debate regarding new models for Internet Governance.

Clark suggests that "as part of any conversation about the shaping of the Internet, there is a narrower question that must be answered: given the Internet as it is today, who are these actors that can exercise direct control over how it works, and what options for control do they actually have?" The first part of this paper is an illustration of control point analysis. A typical task (retrieving and viewing a web page) is diagrammed according to this method, in order to illustrate the points of control over the task, the actors that exercise that control, and what their control options are. The second part of this paper demonstrates the use of control point analysis to draw a set of initial conclusions about why the actors that have control are disciplined to be trustworthy (it is not technology that assures the correct operation of the Internet), the options for indirect control by the actors that sit removed from the actual technology (e.g. governments, standards bodies and the like), and some overall considerations about the “controllability” of the Internet. The paper closes with some advice about the role of technical design in achieving correct and robust network operation in the face of control by actors with adverse interests.

Clark's Working Paper can be freely downloaded from SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2032124

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Control points and EU approach to Internet governance

Andy, thank you very much for the reference to David Clark's paper on "control points". It looks like a most interesting conceptual framework. Would you have more precise views on how Clark's framework should be used in developing Europe's approach to Internet governance?

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