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[I-coordination] Europe at a tipping point?

Ken Stubbs kstubbs at afilias.info
Mon Dec 16 15:20:50 CET 2013


+1 Milton

On 12/16/2013 8:07 AM, Milton L Mueller wrote:
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>> I have worked with our government (Namibia) on many policy initiatives over the
>> years, and in a sense what is quoted below is correct. Stakeholders, interested
>> and affected parties, and others are invited to the table for discussions, but at
>> the end of the day it is government that makes the policy.
> This has never been the case with the Internet. Most of the centralized governance and coordination functions are transnational in scope, not national. National governments were never in a position to be in control of the Internet and thus are in no position to "invite" others to the table for discussions and then make a decision. Indeed, governments have often displayed tremendous ignorance of the actual workings of the system and of the implications of their regulations or policies.
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> Neither a single national government, nor a collection of national governments, can represent the users and suppliers of internet services as well as they can represent themselves. This is a new era and involves a new form of governance.
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> Judging from your comment, and from Adam's response in the thread "Agenda for the Brazil meeting" it is evident that we do need to make stakeholder roles a major item of the agenda.
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