Geoff Mulgan: Ideas for Global Internet Governance

Andrew Young — September 25, 2015

In anticipation of the Internet Governance Forum meeting later this year in Brazil, Geoff Mulgan shared a new paper at Nesta on lessons to be learned from other fields of global governance that could have an impact on the future of governing the Internet. The paper, “ This is for everyone: how to govern the internet as a global commons,” is also closely related to the other work being driven by the Network on globally distributed Internet governance. Some of Mulgan’s key recommendations for governing the Internet as a global commons include:

  • Laying out “(relatively) straightforward principles set out in a charter”
  • “Distributing the tasks of governance,” since different discrete tasks and challenges will require different answers
  • “The best governance arrangements combine formal and informal elements (or why the internet needs its own social movement)”

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