Multistakeholder as Governance Groups: Observations from Case Studies

277 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2015 Last revised: 18 Jul 2015

Urs Gasser

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Ryan Budish

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Sarah Myers West

University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Date Written: January 14, 2015

Abstract

This paper synthesizes a set of twelve case studies of real-world governance structures. Together with the underlying case studies, it is the result of a globally coordinated, independent academic research pilot project by the Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers (NoC). Facilitated by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, this study examines existing multistakeholder governance groups with the goal of informing the evolution of — and current debate around — the future evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem in light of the NETmundial Principles and Roadmap, discussions at the Internet Governance Forum, and the NETmundial Initiative, as well as other forums, panels, and committees.

Internet governance is an increasingly complex concept that operates at multiple levels and in different dimensions, making it necessary to have a better understanding of both how multistakeholder governance groups operate and how they best achieve their goals. With this need in mind, at a point where the future of Internet governance is being re-envisioned, this project aims to deepen our understanding of the formation, operation, and critical success factors of governance groups (and even challenge conventional thinking) by studying a geographically diverse set of local, national, and international governance models, components, and mechanisms from within and outside of the sphere of Internet governance, with a focus on lessons learned.

The research effort is grounded in a diversity of global perspectives and collaborative research techniques. Adhering to objective and independent academic standards, it aspires to be useful, actionable, and timely for policymakers and stakeholders. More broadly, the Network of Centers seeks to contribute to a more generalized vision and longer-term strategy for academia regarding its roles in research, facilitation and convening, and education in and communication about the Internet age.

Suggested Citation

Gasser, Urs and Budish, Ryan and West, Sarah Myers, Multistakeholder as Governance Groups: Observations from Case Studies (January 14, 2015). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2015-1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2549270 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2549270

Urs Gasser (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
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Ryan Budish

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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Sarah Myers West

University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism ( email )

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Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

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