11 July 2014

Vint Cerf on Internet Governance, ICANN, ITU

Internet Governance is Our Shared Responsibility (August 13, 2013)
I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, 10 ISJLP ___ (2014), Forthcoming 

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.

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 2102 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). 

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 ___ (2014), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2309772

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