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One of the IG issues on EuroDig 2010 that has inspired me to think deeper about it, is ‘Multistakeholderism’. Is it really as good approach as it is presented? In my opinion, yes. After the EuroDig 2010 I realized how is it important and what the benefits of that approach are.

Given that the Internet is so big or, better to say wide, issue that covers extremely wide range of topics and includes people from all walks of life, the multistakeholder approach appears, on one hand, as a logical
consequence, but on the other hand, as a necessity. Different people, different opinions and ideas, but this is what we really need.

Although it could have been heard during the meeting on EuroDig 2010 that the multistakeholder approach works only when stakes are not too high, I would say that it is more than important that high representatives
of the governments, civil society and private sector are involved in those issues. That raises the importance of this issue. It may not work properly at this moment, but isn’t that what we should strive to?

One more question which also crossed my mind is whether on EuroDig 2010 all stakeholders expressed their thoughts? It seems to me that the government representatives were not very loud. Why is it so? Do they think that their opinion would not be taken into consideration? Maybe, they do not realize the importance of Internet Governance issues or think that there are much more important issues that they should deal with than IG. I think that the IG as an issue should be divided and presented to the governments into more specific issues in order to put pressure on them to participate actively in IG processes. When it is said IG, not many people know what is it really about, but when it is said e-commerce, e-signature, child protection, etc. most people know what is it.

Finally, during the EuroDig 2010 session about Multistakeholderism it was asked which stakeholders are missing from the IG debate? I do not think so that some stakeholders are missing. There were representatives that are engaged in different policy areas not just internet insiders (economists, engineers, human rights experts…).

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Comment by Valerie on April 17, 2013 at 5:26pm

Hi Masa. Nice post! At some point I share you opinion.

I came across the Forbes article on Multistakeholderism, where the author claims that Multistakeholderism "works quite well in truly voluntary, decentralized, and targeted contexts" however cannot be used a policy paradigm for Internet freedom. What do you think?

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