[discuss] ICANN policy and "Internet Governance"

Chris Disspain ceo at auda.org.au
Fri Jan 10 04:39:52 UTC 2014


I was reminded today about this article written in late April last year and thus before Snowden, the Brazil meeting and 1Net. Despite it's date it still has some relevance I think. 

> Navigating the multi-stakeholder morass: The past, present and future of Internet governance by Chris Disspain & Paul Szyndler
> <http://telsoc.org/journal/2013-06/navigating_multi-stakeholder_morass_past_present_future_internet_governance>



On 07/01/2014, at 23:12 , William Drake wrote:

> On Jan 7, 2014, at 8:04 AM, David Cake <dave at DIFFERENCE.COM.AU> wrote:
>> On 4 Jan 2014, at 6:32 am, Milton L Mueller <mueller at SYR.EDU> wrote:
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> The part of Brian's paper that I strongly agreed with is that the term for many 
>>>> appears to be a catch-all for "anything related to the Internet about which I 
>>>> feel strongly Something Should Be Done".  I understood him to be arguing that 
>>>> it's not an actionable category, and I agree with him.  
>>> It's true that "Internet governance" becomes indistinguishable from "Internet policy" for many people, if one is not careful and allows it to happen. For those of us more familiar with policy debates, however, 'public policy' typically means _national_ policy. We also tend to qualify the term "Internet governance" with the modifier "global Internet governance" although admittedly often that is implicit.  
>> 	I don't think that this distinction is quite as Milton describes, because there certainly exist some bodies that would generally be classified as Internet governance, rather than public policy, bodies, that operate only at the national level and are not global - multi-stakeholder ccTLD bodies, for example. 
>> 	But it is true that public policy is normally thought of as a national government led process, and Milton's distinction holds true most of the time. 
> Now I’m puzzled too.  To me public policy can be a form of governance——is US policy viz the root, IANA, ICANN, etc. not (global) IG?---or it may not be, e.g. stuff about applications of the net to particular functional problems, procurement, etc. that doesn’t establish generalizable principles, norms, rules, procedures, etc. affecting the net’s organization and use.  It depends on the substantive matters at hand, so neither hard national/global or policy/governance binaries work.  
> Bill
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