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What next for Internet Governance?

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I'd like to start off the discussion on the first item of the Discussion Paper, namely some key questions around Internet Governance:

Is there a need to move toward one global principle-based framework? Are we on the right track towards a system of governance on an equal footing? Does the process of internationalisation of ICANN go far enough? How can a move from unilateral to multilateral accountability be realised? How do you see the role of governments within the GAC? 

Give us your thoughts on this in this discussion thread.

 

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Contrary to what has been said, the 2012 ITRs do not in any way threaten freedom of speech, nor do they increase the threat of censorship, see Richard Hill (2013), “WCIT: Failure or success, impasse or way forward?”, International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Vol. 21 No. 3, p. 313.

So the ITRs actualy provide a reasonable global principle-based framework, including in particular a call for cooperation to improve the security of telecommunications networks. Such cooperation will no doubt result in questioning of pervasive unilateral surveillance. Indeed, such cooperation should be based on best practices that protect individual rights, in particular those set form at necessaryandproportionate.org, known as "The 13 principles" or "The Necessary and Proportionate Principles".

Therefore, all European states should accede to the ITRs, with a declaration to the effect that it is understood that cooperation regarding security matters will include consideration of the 13 principles cited above.

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Thank you for your comment on the ITRs.

As a question for all participants: which other frameworks and models of governance can we explore?  How can we realise multilateral accountability in internet governance?

 

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A successful governance model would definitely depend on a transparent policy making process and how these policies are designed to benefit the end user. Bottom up approach could be the best resort for Internet stability but it's easier said than done because each of the stakeholders involved have specific interests and support their own agenda.

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