National IG Mechanisms – Looking at Some Key Design Issues

6 November 2012 - A Workshop on Internet Governance Principles in Baku, Azerbaijan


Such is the unique nature of the Internet that its governance often calls for institutional innovations. The proposed workshop will look at a range of national level IG mechanisms across the world. While the discussion will refer to good models and practices in different countries, it will not be organized around simple show-casing of different national IG mechanisms. The discussion will centre around key contexts, requirements, challenges and possibilities. It will be directed towards examining key institutional design issues, functions and outcomes with regard to national level IG mechanisms with the purpose to help countries make appropriate decisions in their specific contexts.

Some of these are;
- How should the national commons of Internet resources be managed?
- What kinds of mechanisms are appropriate for technical matters, what for those that are partly technical and partly social, and what for larger public policy matters, requiring more political responses?
- Should there be a common single mechanism to address all the above kinds of issues, or different ones? How to coordinate different mechanisms, and different parts of the national governance machinery dealing with different aspects or kinds of IG issues?
- How to ensure meaningful participation of all stakeholders in a manner that focuses on public interest?
- How can the surplus from domain name registration fees etc collected by national IG agencies be employed for public interest purposes, especially, for taking up Internet related research.

Organiser(s) Name:

Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore - Civil Society
Brazilian Internet Steering Committee - National level governance body
Institute for System Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences - Academic Insitution
Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training (CCIRDT), Vancouver, BC CANADA - Civil Society
Instituto NUPEF , Rio de Janeiro - Civil Society
IT for Change, Bangalore - Civil Society