Internet Governance and Sustainability

The World Wide Wide has been around for nearly 30 years.  While the internet has created extreme advances in connectivity, information sharing and access, it has also created many new problems and hurdles that the world has to overcome. There were no clear outlines or precedents as to how or who governs the internet and what exactly they are governing. I do agree that a multi stakeholder approach is the smartest and most effective way of approach internet governance. The Internet Society points to things like the wide impact and distributed range of people and interests decisions have, the overlapping rights and responsibilities across sectors and borders, different forms of expertise are needed and legitimacy and acceptance of decisions directly impact implementation. All of these make giving one single entity the governing power of the internet impossible. Within the multi stakeholder discussion persons with disabilities need to be included to ensure that this large, open and participative technology is easily accessible for all.

The inclusiveness of decision-making in regards to internet governance is necessary or else the trust in these technologies and those who regulate them will be threatened. This aligns with the importance of digital security and how the multi-stakeholder approach is more effective at ensuring the security. The internet is so vast and there are so many different actors that take part in it daily. It is impossible for one government or stakeholder to monitor everything in order to keep their people’s digital activity secure. As more and more individuals are gaining access to the internet and it is becoming ever more intertwined in people’s daily lives, the problem of security is only going to increase. Multi-stakeholder governance is the most effective way to keep up with security and maintain a collective responsibility for the safety of peoples information.