Mon, Jan 30

Governing the Internet


  1. How do you think we should best "govern the Internet"? What actors should be involved, in what capacities, and why? What personal values and experiences are reflected in your answer?
  2. Use Table 3.1 (pp. 42-43) to help you assess the complexity and effectiveness of Internet governance. What components, issues, dynamics, or processes merit the most attention, and why?
  3. How might we best measure the legitimacy of a particular form of governance? Given your answer, is multistakeholderism the best approach to governing the Internet? Why or why not?
  4. Do you (personally) think it's a good thing or a bad thing that "values are encoded both in technical standards, and in the means of developing them" (47)? Explain and support your answer.
  5. What what might be some political costs and benefits of the respective "values" discussed on pp. 48-49? Does your answer change your thinking about the Internet? How so, or why not?
  6. For each of the ("Internet governance") actors below: (a) describe its organizational nature and activities, then (b) connect its work to the authors' discussion in this chapter. Be specific.