What is Internet Governance?

In 2003 the UN Secretary General commissioned a multistakeholder working group to identify and define public policy issues relevant to governance of the Internet. The Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) defined Internet governance as:

the development and application by Governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.”

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is the only global forum where all Internet stakeholders are invited to discuss operational, technical, commercial, and administrative aspects of managing Internet growth. These discussions are often about access, diversity, security, and openness.


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