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Enhanced Cooperation and Internet Governance

Hiding under the title of Enhanced Cooperation is one of the thorniest topics in Internet governance.  Who control the Internet: one government – the United States, an Inter Governmental Organization (IGO), or the current multiplicity of multistakeholder organizations currently managing the actual Internet.

This issue has been discussed for over a decade now.  The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) came out with a set of proposals called the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society that have shaped much of the discussion in Internet Governance for years.  One of the things that the Tunis Agenda called for was greater cooperation on the governance of the Internet.  This discussion was split between those who thought that the Internet should be governed by sovereign States based on their authority for Public Policy and those who felt that all Internet stakeholders should cooperate in equivalent roles based on their capacities and needs.  Among those who think enhanced cooperation is about Governments, the drive is to create a Inter Governmental Organization, perhaps as part of the United Nations, to oversee policy for the Internet’s operations.  Among those who think that a multistakeholder model is required, there are calls for strengthening the Internet Governance Forum’s (IGF) role in making recommendations to the various organizations responsible for the operational management of the Internet.

UN CSTD Working Group on enhance Cooperation has been formed to study the issue and make recommendation to the United Nations General Assembly.  dotgay LLC ‘s VP of Policy and Internet Governance is a participant of the WGEC.

A questionnaire asking specific questions is available.  Everyone is invited to submit answers to the questions.   While the original deadline for the questionnaire was 15 august, 2013, the extension of the deadline for submitting the responses to the WGEC questionnaire has been extend until 31 August 2013.

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