A paper looking at the issues around Internet and development, and questioning the ways in which the UN Internet governance process (through the WGIG and the IGF) have addressed these issues.

The Internet Governance debate developed under the aegis of the UN/WSIS process has placed a development agenda as the focal point. This paper seeks to look at the issues around Internet and development and question the ways in which the UN Internet governance process (through the WGIG and the IGF) have addressed these issues. By focusing on issues such as the ‘equitable distribution of Internet resources and a stable and secure functioning of the Internet’ the paper will explore some interplay between telecommunications policy development and Internet governance.