Kofi Annan and Internet Governance
Nov-5-05 09:32 am
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has an op ed on Internet governance in today's Washington Post. In light of the upcoming Summit in Tunisia later this month, Annan is seeking to reassure those who are concerned about efforts to "internationalize" governance of the Internet. Annan explains:
Annan notes that at present:
Annan explains that because pervious efforts to reach agreement on new governance arrangements had been unsuccessful, he had created a group to explore these questions further:
While Annan recognizes the unique role the United States has played in the past, he seems convinced that some changes in the present arrangement are necessary:
And so he concludes:
As noted in previous posts, governance of the Internet is a matter of great concern to the United States, as is cybersecurity. It will be interesting to see if some compromise in Tunisia is possible. It will also be interesting to see how a diverse group of international actors-- states, members of the business community, academics, technical experts, and others-- are able to work together in this relatively new "international space."
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