Transnationalization of Internet Governance - The way forward

15 November 2009 - A Workshop on Critical Internet Resources in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt


The Internet's present governance structures grew out of certain historical ontexts, as well as some new socio-political realities around the Internet. In the context of rapid changes that the Internet has wrought, the key and emerging issues related to its governance could not have been anticipated by anyone. One thing however is clear by now; the Internet is not just a technical artifact, requiring technical governance with regard to keeping it running smoothly, but a key socio-political phenomenon requiring participative, inclusive and accountable political governance, which includes its transnationalization. It isimportant to analyze the needs of evolution and transnationalization of internet governance from various standpoints and the direction in which we might move from here.

The workshop will briefly review both existing structures and current gaps in Internet governance, then discuss the advantages and disadvantages of alternative models and present some institutional possibilities of what to do next.


Moderator: Ian Peter, Internet Government Caucus, Internet pioneer, Internet historian (confirmed)

Speakers, panelists, discussants
Wolfgang Kleinwachter, International Communication Policy and Regulation (confirmed)
Janna Anderson, Imagining the Internet and Pew Internet, Internet research (confirmed)
Miguel Alcaine, Deputy Permanent Representative, Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations Office at Geneva, (confirmed)
Robert Kahn, Internet co-Founder, Technical Community (confirmed)
Isaac Mao, Chinese activist, Blogger (confirmed)
Jeremy Malcom, multistakeholder governance, Internet governance (confirmed)

Robert Pepper, Cisco Business and technology (pending confirmation)
Elena Pavan, ICT politics and processes, communications rights (pending confirmation)