Emerging Issues

6 December 2008 - A Main Session on Internet Governance Principles in Hyderabad, India


Chair: S. V. Raghavan, Professor and Chairman, Computer Science Department, IIT, Madras


Jonathan Charles, Foriegn Correspondent, BBC

Stephen Lau, CEO EDS Hong Kong

Panelists/Point People:

Subject experts will be invited to make an introductory statement to start discussion.

  • Herbert Heitmann, Head of Global Communications, SAP AG
  • Ian Peter, Internet Governance Caucus co-coordinator, Ian Peter and Associates
  • Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change , Director-General TERI


The session will identify emerging policy issues generated by new technologies, new uses and new actors, in order to feed into the future IGF discussions. Interactive discussion will be initiated by addressing a limited number of topics introduced by expert commentators and will provide an opportunity for the audience to mention other issues on the horizon and for the IGF in the future. Five emerging policy areas raised during consultations to prepare the Hyderabad meeting will be discussed initially: 

  1. Opportunities and challenges associated with the growing popularity of social networks and user-generated content, in particular issues of privacy and identity, copyright and ownership of information, and accuracy and trust of new media and information sources.'
  2. Impact of policy frameworks on creativity and innovation from an entrepreneurial perspective: identifying how policy choices can either promote or hinder innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, which are important elements for the future development of the Internet.
  3. Policy challenges and frameworks in ensuring an 'Internet for All': The success or limits of current policy approaches and the possible alternatives that could promote the achievement of the goal of "Internet for All'.
  4. The impact of the global nature of the Internet on jurisdiction and legislation, including the challenges in terms of harmonization of rules and traditional notions of sovereignty.
  5. Policy challenges to providing an environmentally sustainable Internet as the network reaches the next billion users, and the relationship between Internet governance and sustainable development.

Linkages between these issue areas will be examined. Social networks and user-generated content represent areas of significant recent innovation and creativity, they are global phenomena affecting public policy issues crossing traditional jurisdictions and boundaries. As entrepreneurialism and innovation and social and economic need drives the Internet to the next billions of users, the environmental impact of this growth, both positive and negative should be considered from the perspective of achieving global sustainability.