Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Internet Governance at a Crossroads

Joe Waz, Altura West LLC and Phil Weiser, Huffington Post, Jan. 15, 2012

From the opinion: "Why is the Internet so extraordinarily successful? Your first answer may be "brilliant engineering," and that's obviously true. Your second answer may be "it's open, it's global, it's interconnected." Also correct. But perhaps the least understood or appreciated factor in the Internet's growth and success is its amazing capacity for self-governance, and its ability to resist the traditional tools of government regulation….From many quarters, there is pressure to inject more "government" into the Internet. We think the better course is for governments to understand, and cooperate with, the so-called "multistakeholder organizations" that have grown up organically with the Internet." Read more

See Also
Michael Geist; University of Ottawa, Ottawa Citizen, Jan. 17, 2012