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Internet Governance Is Our Shared Responsibility


Vinton G. Cerf


Google, Inc.

Patrick S. Ryan


Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Interdisciplinary Center for Law and Information Technology (ICRI); Google Inc.; University of Colorado at Boulder, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program

Max Senges


Google, Inc.

August 13, 2013

I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, 10 ISJLP 1 (2014).

Abstract:     
This essay looks at the the different roles that multistakeholder institutions play in the Internet governance ecosystem. We propose a model for thinking of Internet governance within the context of the Internet's layered model. We use the example of the negotiations in Dubai in 2012 at the World Conference on International Telecommunications as an illustration for why it is important for different institutions within the governance system to focus on their respective areas of expertise (e.g., the ITU, ICANN, and IGF). Several areas of conflict (a "tussle") are reviewed, such as the desire to promote more broadband infrastructure, a topic that is in the remit of the International Telecommunications Union, but also the recurring desire of countries like Russia and China to use the ITU to regulate content and restrict free expression on the Internet through onerous cybersecurity and spam provisions. We conclude that it is folly to try and regulate all these areas through an international treaty, and encourage further development of mechanisms for global debate like the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: Internet governance, ITU, ICANN, IGF, layered model

JEL Classification: K1, K23, L5, R50, G18, I96, O00, O3, O33, O38

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Date posted: August 14, 2013 ; Last revised: June 28, 2014

Suggested Citation

Cerf, Vinton G. and Ryan, Patrick S. and Senges, Max, Internet Governance Is Our Shared Responsibility (August 13, 2013). I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, 10 ISJLP 1 (2014).. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2309772

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Vint G. Cerf
Google, Inc. ( email )
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Second Floor
Mountain View, CA 94043
United States
Patrick S. Ryan (Contact Author)
Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Interdisciplinary Center for Law and Information Technology (ICRI) ( email )
Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium
303-835-3574 (Phone)
303-265-9737 (Fax)
Google Inc. ( email )
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Second Floor
Mountain View, CA 94043
United States
303-835-3574 (Phone)
University of Colorado at Boulder, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program ( email )
Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program
Boulder, CO 80309
United States
303-835-3574 (Phone)
303-265-9737 (Fax)
Max Senges
Google, Inc. ( email )
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Second Floor
Mountain View, CA 94043
United States
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