Internet Governance

What does Internet Governance Mean?

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) developed with the following working definition of Internet governance:

Internet Governance is 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 regime is complex, has national and international affects, and involves many issues, actors, mechanisms, procedures, and instruments.

Internet governance issues may be categorised in the following groups or baskets:


    Infrastructure and standardisation – e.g. Internet Protocol (IP), Domain Name System (DNS)
    Legal – e.g. Legislation, Copyright, Trademarks, Cybercrime
    Economic – e.g. e-Commerce, Consumer Protection, Taxation, Economic Models, Spam
    Development – e.g. Digital Divide, Universal Access
    Sociocultural – e.g. Content Policy, Freedom of Expression


Managing Critical Internet Resources

Child Online Protection