Ecologies of Representation: Knowledge, Networks, & Innovation in Internet Governance

13 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2012 Last revised: 4 Nov 2014

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Nanette S. Levinson

American University - School of International Service

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Arguing that an ecological or ecosystem view is vital for understanding the complex and messy global policy space for internet governance, this paper provides a model and raises issues regarding “representation’ in this policy space. It examines questions of informal (non-electoral) representation and raises questions about representation in internet governance. With a focus on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), it discusses multistakeholderism (and representation issues) in one portion of the internet governance ecosystem and highlights innovation as it relates to multistakeholder settings. Finally, it highlights the possible roles and advantages of co-processes in such settings.

Keywords: Internet Governance, Representation, Innovation, Knowledge Transfer, Networks

Suggested Citation

Levinson, Nanette S., Ecologies of Representation: Knowledge, Networks, & Innovation in Internet Governance (2012). APSA 2012 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2108671

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