Internet Governance: Challenges, Issues, and Roles

03 September 2014 - A Workshop on Istanbul,Turkey


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

IGF & The Future of the Internet Ecosystem


The growing complexity and significance of Internet governance necessitates addressing the difficult issues that impact, or are impacted by the continued evolution of the global Internet. Capturing these issues requires that the roles played by intergovernmental, and governmental stakeholders in collaboration with Internet technical professionals, private sector businesses and other non-governmental stakeholders be better understood. Successfully dealing with these all-important Internet governance aspects requires connecting several, sometimes-disparate areas of technology, policy, development and civil society to work on solutions and act in concert to ensure collaborative stewardship of the Internet continues.

Each panel member will provide an opening statement regarding the challenges and issues they see with the changing Internet Governance landscape as well as the roles that everyone, including governments, have in the multistakeholder process.

An open discussion will follow with the Moderator providing questions for the discussion.

Specifically, the panel will be asked to address the following questions during the open and interactive discussion:
• The Internet is expanding exponentially - Who is responsible for identifying the Internet governance knowledge gap among the different stakeholder groups?

• What can be done to bridge the Internet governance knowledge gap in terms of resourcing, scaling, and awareness building?

• How should these knowledge gap issues, and discussion be used to improve the global Internet openness and collaborative multistakeholder engagement?

• Where there are issues that may disrupt the roles of existing stakeholders, how should consensus on key principles or outcomes be reached for solutions that benefit the global Internet rather than special interests?

• How should market-specific challenges or issues that are particular to a local community be approached for the global Internet to continue its innovative contributions?

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Internet Society

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report

Type of session


Duration of proposed session


Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#Governance, #Challenges, #Roles, #Issues, #Disputes

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Markus Kummer
Internet Society
Civil Society

Suzanne Woolf
Internet Technical Community

Marilia Maciel (Invited)
Researcher and coordinator, Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS/FGV)
Civil Society

George Sadowsky
Internet Technical Community

Barrack Otieno
Internet Technical Community

Ambassador Benedicto Fonseca (Invited)
Director of the Department of Scientific and Technological Affairs of the Ministry of External Relation

Towela Nyirenda-Jere (Invited)
NEPAD e-Africa Programme
African Union

William Drake
University of Zurich
Civil Society

Petko Kantchev (Invited)

Name of Moderator(s)

Markus Kummer

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Karen Mulberry

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

It can be difficult to address emerging Internet governance issues if there is a lack of understanding about the problem, incomplete agreement about the steps required to address it, or insufficient support from all stakeholders. The growing complexity and significance of the Internet governance environment necessitates framing and then addressing these difficult governance issues. A taxonomy approach that identifies the issues, captures the various aspects and characteristics of the issue and then identifies the roles and stakeholders is what is needed for a successful engagement and discussion is important in identifying and understanding the issues that are not being addressed elsewhere.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

Some panel members may participate via remote participation.

Questions from remote participants will also be sought and encouraged to add to the dynamic interaction on Internet Governance and the need to address the issues that are not being address elsewhere.

This will be an open discussion and remote participants will be encouraged to interact with the panel members and those who are attending the workshop in person.

Background paper

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