Perspectives on Internet Governance: (Why) Does Internet Governance Matter?
5 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2018
Date Written: May 4, 2018
By defining both internet and governance, the essay shows the imprecise and vague limits of the frequently-used technology policy term Internet Governance. It then explores the different subject areas that may fit in the broadest understanding of internet governance and the fundamental limitations of even such a broad understanding. Further, the essay explains the concept of multistakeholder governance, and, through historical and operational perspectives, answers the complex question of whether Internet Governance is multistakeholder, which is a claim regularly attached to any debate within the field. Finally, the essay culminates with the answer to the titular question by drawing a parallel to previous emerging technologies, their failure to reach a somewhat-mature governance ecosystem, and the potential for significant future benefit from the study of a hybrid governance environment such as the one currently in place for Internet governance.
Keywords: internet governance, multistakeholder governance, emerging technology, governance, multistakeholderism, hybrid governance
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