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[Webinar] The future architecture of global Internet governance

Date: Wednesday, 12th October

Time: 13:00 GMT
Host: Dr Jovan Kurbalija

Register at http://igbook.diplomacy.edu/2011/10/webinar_post-igf11/

The webinar will reflect on the 2011 Internet Governance Forum, which was held in Nairobi at the end of September. The IGF gathered more than 2,000 participants and generated a vivid debate on the future of Internet governance.

The underlying theme, both in workshops and corridor discussions, was the future architecture of the global Internet governance. It is the reason why the webinar will focus on the following main questions:

Firstly, is the Internet moving into a global policy ‘premier league’ alongside climate change, migration and security? Secondly, how can the balance be preserved between the IGF’s multistakeholderism and the growing demands of governments to have more say in the way Internet is governed globally? Thirdly, what could be a possible role of the IGF in the emerging architecture of global Internet governance, which includes ICANN, ITU, and a wide range of other organisations and players?

Join Dr Jovan Kurbalija, one of the leading experts in Internet governance, for a one-hour webinar on ‘The future architecture of global Internet governance’, on Wednesday, 12th October, at 13:00 GMT.


Register at http://igbook.diplomacy.edu/2011/10/webinar_post-igf11/



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Comment by Michele Marius on October 13, 2011 at 12:28am
I did not realise there was a webinar being held today. Are there any plans to make the talk available?
Comment by Pierre Lotis NANKEP on October 12, 2011 at 4:42pm

I did not succeed to join to the webminar. Nevertheless below is my contribution :

In line with the WSIS working definition of Internet governance and following a debate that took place in our "ISOC NGL 11/Frech" classroom, I am please to share with the Internet community a rational definition of Internet Governance :


n is the number of stakeholder.

StakeholderInfluence represent the coefficient of influence or impact  that can have a particular stakeholder on the development and the deployment of the Internet.

StakeholderContribution represent the contribution of a particular stakeholder on the development and the deployment of the Internet.

Now what about the Internet regulation who is the consequence of the Internet governance :


GovernmentStrategy represent the strategy developed  by a particular Government in order to implement the Internet Governance (in respect with local laws and culture).

Below are concret change to be made to have an appropriate "architecture of global Internet governance" : 

1. International organization architecture :

  • ensure that IANA becomes a technical departement within ICANN ;
  • making ICANN an orgnaization under the United Nation (UN) ;
  • upgrade the UN architecture by providing at least one “veto” to each continent or region.

2. Management of critical resources :

  • Internationalization of Root-Servers (at least 2 in each continent or region) ;
  • Upgrade of the architecture of the IP distribution worldwide, by aligning it to ccTLD distribution process : ICANN → IANA → RIR → NIR → Others (LIR → ISP, ISP → End-User, End-User).


Note :

World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)  working definition of Internet governance :

“Internet governance is the development and application by Governments, the private sector, and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.”

Within that definition, according to my point of view, the most important aspect is : Governments, Private Sector, Civil Society and “Respective Roles”.



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