Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The IGF: A Bridge to Nowhere?

"The IGF: A Bridge to Nowhere?" .Nxt, Inc.,  June 5, 2012.

From the article: "Leaderless, broke and mired in bureaucracy, the Internet Governance Forum will become an historic relic unless its supporters act…Hours of formal interventions covered everything from the number and format of sessions, to a funding shortage, to the lack of a political or organizational IGF head, to concerns that the meeting is being held in human-rights-abusing Azerbaijan. But when the dancing ended and everyone returned home, the IGF remained entirely untouched, motionless in the fast-flowing river of Internet governance…. the IGF needs to identify what success looks like for it and then ruthlessly follow a path in pursuing those targets. The IGF was created in large part to explain why the new and novel systems that currently drive the Internet ultimately produce better results for everyone. It's time it started to demonstrate that belief and in so doing give governments and regulators a good reason to attend a meeting where no decisions are made."