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To what extent has the IGF addressed the mandate set out for it in the Tunis Agenda?
By terminus - 23/3/2009 An excerpt from my answer to this question in response to the IGF's questionnaire on the continuation of the Forum:

Round tables proposed as the IGF's engine for outputs
By terminus - 3/3/2009 Following on from the MAG meeting that took place last week after two days of open consultation, an official summary of the meeting has just been released. The most important development foreshadowed here takes forward two of the ideas brought up during the open consultation meeting: firstly that there are certain areas in which a consensus on the need for action has emerged or may emerge, and secondly that the IGF needs to evolve some structure that could produce proposals for such action.

IGF Procedure Proposal
By terminus - 25/2/2009 Francis Muguet delivered this proposal to the open consultation meeting this week:

Comments on a maturing IGF from this week's consultation
By terminus - 25/2/2009 Here are summaries of some of what I consider the most insightful criticisms and suggestions about the IGF that came up at this week's open consultation meeting in Geneva, for those who weren't able to attend personally or virtually, and can't be bothered wading through the transcript or synthesis paper. The overall theme of the comments was that as the IGF is maturing, it is time to raise the level of the discussion, and at the same time to narrow the number of parallel sessions in which it takes place.

Jonathan Zittrain on the Internet Governance Forum
By terminus - 28/1/2009 Here is a pertinent extract from Jonathan Zittrain's The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It, which I'm currently reviewing (a bit late, I know) for the Journal of Information Technology and Politics.

"You have talked enough. Get a move on now and do something."
By terminus - 11/12/2008 The quote from Ghandi, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win," may have become a cliché, but it seems apposite to describe Nitin Desai's about-face on the capacity of the IGF to seek consensus on policy recommendations. By the time of the taking stock session at Hyderabad, it had become clear that even Desai could not continue to resist the tide of opinion that the IGF should move beyond mere discussion to policy development. Summarising the clearly expressed views of speakers such as Alun Michael from the UK, Everton Lucero from Brazil, Parminder Singh from IT for Change and Bertrand de la Chapelle from France, he asked,

Conclusions on Hyderabad IGF
By terminus - 7/12/2008 The third meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in Hyderabad was notable for having introduced a few, mostly long-awaited, innovations that inch the forum further towards the model of an effective multi-stakeholder policy development institution described in the Tunis Agenda. However in each case the limitations or flaws of these innovations have detracted from their potential. Consider the following:

Day 4 of Hyderabad IGF - controversy and departure
By terminus - 6/12/2008 I have to confess I attended no other sessions today than The Role and Mandate of the IGF, due to work commitments and an early departure. This session was chaired by Lee McKnight of the Internet Governance Project, who had earlier caused scandal by taking a vote (shock, horror!) at the workshop on The Future of ICANN: After the JPA, What?. So this was bound to be a controversial session - and my paper the most of all, at least according to my spies in the audience. But is anything that I said really that controversial? Read below and judge for yourself.

Day 3 of Hyderabad IGF - books, covert meetings and vanishing fliers
By terminus - 5/12/2008 Today's highlight was the panel discussion of Arrangements for Internet governance - global and national/regional. At first it seemed that the purpose of the discussion was to reinforce a revisionist understanding of the meaning of "enhanced cooperation" that was coined in the Tunis Agenda. According to the UN's Haiyan Qian, this term refers simply to any formal or informal multi-stakeholder process within an Internet governance institution, which set the scene for Richard Beaird from the US State Department to claim with a straight face that this included the ITU's work on next generation networks and cybersecurity.

Day 2 of Hyderabad IGF - drop-outs and mounds of food
By terminus - 4/12/2008 The meeting has been plagued with wireless Internet drop-outs. During the opening ceremony yesterday, apparently this was a side-effect of the organisers' covert use of mobile phone blocking technology as a security measure. Today, when the Internet was unavailable for the entire morning at least in the upstairs rooms, it can only be put down to poor planning. This seems to be a recurrent problem for the IGF.

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