10 ISJLP 1 (2014-2015)

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Internet Governance Is Our
     Shared Responsibility


              VINT  CERF, PATRICK   RYAN   & MAX   SENGES*

        Abstract: This Paper looks at the different roles that multi-
        stakeholder institutions play in the  Internet governance
        ecosystem. We propose  a model for framing the discussion of
        Internet governance  within  the context of  the Internet's
        layered model  (infrastructure, logical, content and social
        layers). To illustrate why this model is important, we use the
        example  of the negotiations in Dubai in 2012 at the World
        Conference  on International Telecommunications   to show
        how legal proposals can go awry if the institutions (e.g., the
        ITU, ICANN,  IETF,  and the IGF) in the governance  system
        lose the grasp on their respective areas of expertise. Several
        areas of conflict (a tussle) are reviewed, such as the desire
        to promote more  broadband  infrastructure, a topic that is in
        the remit of the International Telecommunications   Union
        (ITU), but also the recurring desire of countries like Russia
        and China to use the ITU to regulate content and restrict free
        expression on  the Internet through  onerous  cybersecurity
        and spam  provisions. We  conclude that it is folly to try to
        regulate all these areas through an international treaty, and
        encourage  further development  of mechanisms   for global
        debate, deliberation and cooperation in policy development
        at places like the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).


 Author Vint Cerf, Ph.D., is Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google and is
one of the original architects of the Internet's TCP/IP protocol suite. Author Patrick Ryan,
Ph.D., is Senior Policy Counsel with Google, an Operations Principle with Global Bit and a
Senior Affiliated Researcher at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Author Max Senges,
Ph.D., is Policy Manager with Google in Berlin. Although all three authors are employed by
Google, this Paper is written entirely in their personal and academic capacities and does
not reflect the opinion of their employer. The authors wish to thank Ross LaJeunesse for
his insightful comments on an earlier draft of this piece, and for his promotion of the
development of new policy work in this space.

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