WIT Press


Contesting Internet Governance: Global Dissent And Disparities In The Management Of Cyberspace Resources

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/IS060281

Volume

36

Pages

13

Published

2006

Size

356 kb

Author(s)

D. Drissel

Abstract

This article explores Internet governance in depth, focusing on the emerging global controversy surrounding the multijurisdictional regulation of the Net’s core technical infrastructure. Cyberspace regulatory inequities existing between the Global North and Global South are highlighted, with allegations of American unilateralism discussed in particular. Divergent ideological and sociopolitical approaches to Internet governance are examined, with the current US-centric model of corporate self-regulation compared to an emergent multilateral intergovernmental regulatory paradigm. The relative lack of Southern influence and power over Internet political/administrative structures is investigated in this regard. The growing controversy surrounding the US-government sponsored Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is addressed. Highlights of debates from international forums dedicated to discussing Internet governance-related topics are presented, including possible structural reforms and sources of resistance to multilateral initiatives. Various stances of stakeholders involved in the debate over ICANN and other Internet governance actors are evaluated, with a special emphasis on the views of developing nations such as China, India, and Brazil. Proposals for reforming Internet governance and enhancing international trust in regulatory processes are proposed. Keywords: Internet governance, global digital divide, regulation and selfregulation, multilateralism and unilateralism, Global South, ethos of the Internet, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), domain name system, World Summit on the Information Society.

Keywords

Internet governance, global digital divide, regulation and selfregulation,multilateralism and unilateralism, Global South, ethos of theInternet, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN),domain name system, World Summit on the Informatio