Despite their long experience in global and domestic governance, policymakers from many nations struggle to find their way in Internet governance. On one hand, only governments can join international organizations such as the UN or WTO. However, the same governments do not have a privileged role in Internet governance institutions such as the Internet Governance Forum (IGF); the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); or the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), where governments are one among many actors. Meanwhile, many other stakeholders are increasingly concerned about increased participation by governments in the technical infrastructure and governance bodies that underpin the Internet. In this event, we will examine several different perspectives on participation by governments in Internet governance.
Amr Aljowaily, Embassy of Egypt, NYC;
Sally Wentworth, Vice President of Global Policy Development, The Internet Society;
Veni Markowski, Bulgaria, ICANN VP for UN Engagement;
Dr. Marc Daumas, Scientific Attache, Embassy of France;
Carolina de Cresce El Debs, Embassy of Brazil;
David Satola, The World Bank;
Nancy Scola, Technology Journalist