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    WSIS Internet Governance Working Group appointed
    posted by Mueller on Thursday November 11 2004, @02:52PM

    The United Nations' Secretary-General's office announced the membership of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) today. The selections constituted a major victory for civil society actors in the WSIS process.....or did it?



    The WGIG, as expected, consists of 40 people. But two thirds of them are non-governmental. This was not expected. One third - or slightly more, depending on who you count - are civil society actors. Virtually all of the names nominated by the tiny WSIS civil society Internet governance caucus, and several of the names put forward by the even smaller Noncommercial Users Constituency of ICANN, were added. Another one third consists of business representatives.

    Conspicuous by their absence are governmental representatives from the world's biggest Internet powers: the USA, the UK, Germany. As far as we can tell, no one from the Internet Society is on it, although ICANN Board member Alejandro Pisanty was appointed as "Director, Computing Academic Services, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico." The European Union Information Society Directorate and the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications are represented, however. Most of the governmental representatives, however, are from developing countries: China, South Africa, Cuba, Iran, Barbados, Pakistan, Russia.

    The real impact of these choices will only be known after it completes its work, but depending on how cynical one's frame of mind is, this can be seen as a victory for CS, or, as one person put it, an attempt to "let civil society do the heavy lifting" and permit governments to make the real decisions later; it could also be seen as an attempt by major stakeholders such as the US to distance themselves from the result. On the other hand, the presence of the EU, Japan, some middle-sized Internet actors such as the Netherlands, and Russia and China may make the results hard to ignore.

     
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    by jberryhill on Friday November 12 2004, @07:17AM (#14436)
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    Ah, yes, lovely people from Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and China are going to decide how the rest of us can use the internet...

    What a crock.
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