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Internet Governance 15 September 2010

Setting the Scene Panel – IGF2010 Great start

The idea of the panel was to present the book “IG: Creating Opportunities for all”, edited by William Drake, which reflects the discussions held in the last IGF, at Sharm El-Sheik. By saying that the aim of the panel was to present the book it could lead to wrong idea that is was a simple book launch, but it would take you five minutes to realize the importance of this event, which would offer a important analysis regarding the evolution of the main themes that IGF address since its first edition at Athens.

Those analysis were made by experts in field (including members of ISOC), who have contributed to the book with one article that encompass their views concerning how the discussion of the IGF themes has evolved during its editions, giving the participants an important background and a clear picture of how these topic were addressed in the past and of what is going to come in the next days.

I just want to comment one statement made by Anriette Esterhuysen from South Africa. She highlighted that the lack of competition regarding international fiber and satellite has never been address in IGF.

I feel that there is a strong effort to separate the IG issues from the telecom matters and I believe that the reason is behind the exiting international telecommunications regime, which can’t be defined as a multistakeholder model. In fact the international telecommunication forum (ITU), UN specialized agency, is a government space, in which also private sector has a huge role. The academia and civil society have a very limited participation. But, it is really possible to separate completely the IG from telecom discussion, especially when we talk about access? I really don’t think so! I believe it would be fantastic to discuss more of these issues also here so the policy makers can make their decision based on the open, frank and multistakeholder dialogue.

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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