The latter half of 2012 is one of the heaviest periods of Internet governance activity ever, with three critical events that could change the course of the next decade. So it’s important to take a step back from the catchall phrase “Internet governance,” and ask what it even means… and why it really matters.
It started earlier this month in Toronto with the 45th meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and continues through the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Baku, Azerbaijan in November. (NetChoice was a prominent actor at the ICANN meetings and will attend the IGF next week, too.) Then, December brings us the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai. Taken together, these events present a series of critical decision points for the Internet’s future. Read more