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Shaping the Internet: History and Futures

The matter of how the Internet is governed is a critical one. How we manage this precious, global resource directly impacts our economic and social opportunities far into the future. Internet governance refers to the processes that impact how the Internet is managed.

Internet governance is the development of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet. As policymakers and technical experts work to bring the next 3-4 billion online, they must be equipped with sufficient knowledge to address the complex issues that impact how the Internet continues to evolve.

These tutorials provide an overview of Internet governance, touching on key areas such as its history, policy principles, actors and stakeholders, infrastructure, regulatory frameworks, multilingualism, cybersecurity, and others. They also analyse the multistakeholder model, examine the developmental aspects of Internet governance, and look at the collaborative nature of achieving Internet security and resilience.

Modules

The matter of how the Internet is governed is a critical one. How we manage this precious, global resource directly impacts our economic and social opportunities far into the future. Internet governance refers to the processes that impact how the Internet is managed.

Module 1: Introduction to Internet Governance

This module starts with a discussion about defining Internet Governance. It then explores the different ways in which institutions have attempted to create taxonomies - or classification systems - of Internet Governance issues.

Module 2: Internet Actors and Stakeholder Groups

In this module we introduce the actors and institutions of the Internet Ecosystem and discuss the concept of 'multistakeholderism' - one of the most widely used terms in Internet Governance.

Module 3: Internet Policy Principles

In this module, we look at Internet principles and how they have evolved as the Internet has grown. 

Module 4: Regulatory Frameworks

In this module we will briefly review the major components of regulatory reform, the characteristics of an open and competitive telecommunications market, and the role both of regulation and of the regulator. The second part of this module focuses on the pressing issue of Network Neutrality.

Acknowledgements

With thanks to Niel Harper, Susan Chalmers, Laureana Pavon, Toral Cowieson, Jean-Paul Nkurunziza, John Klensin, Sally Wentworth, Christine Runnegar, Phil Roberts, Nicolas Seidler, Day One Technologies

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