It’s official, my thesis has now been upgraded to a PhD and I have until March 2008 to complete it. Dom is rapt; she’s going to be married to a doctor and a lawyer. My thesis title has undergone a revision to Civil Society’s Role in the Collaborative Development of Public Policy as International Law within the Internet Governance Forum. That’s already 18 words down, only 99 982 to go.
I spent the day at the APIA and ISOC-AU Open Forum as part of APRICOT 2006, where I crossed swords with Chris Disspain again, during the closing panel. OK, so I had a tough crowd to try to convince that a UN-formed
intergovernmental organisationmulti-stakeholder forum should get a look in to Internet governance, but I was bemused by the argument that “governments will go ahead and make laws about the Internet anyway, so we should just let them do that rather than gracing the process with our presence”. Well, yes, they will go ahead and do it without us – behind closed doors, without input from the Internet technical community. Is that really what we want? The IGF is going ahead with or without us, and I for one think it is better to be on board than to miss the boat and complain about the consequences later.