Edited by Corien Prins, Colette Cuijpers, Peter L. Lindseth and Mônica Rosina
Chapter 3: In search of the holy grail: a principled approach to multistakeholder governance in internet policy-making
In this chapter, we briefly define the notion of ‘multistakeholder governance’ and describe its evolution and criticism through the prism of global Internet policy-making. First, we provide a definition and background, illustrating the different forms this concept has taken in three fora for participation in global Internet policy-making (United Nations, International Telecommunication Union and World Trade Organization). Second, we highlight the tension between the currently multiform notion of multistakeholder governance and core democratic values, and provide practical suggestions as to how these values can be brought to bear within existing multistakeholder practices.
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