Terje Rasmussen addresses the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) as a new, complex meeting place for a wide range of interests, discourses and hopes. He discusses the social forces at play in the process, and its present and future legitimacy and efficiency.

The presentation will address the IGF as a new, complex mechanism where a wide range of interests, discourses and hopes on different aspects of the Internet meet. I will sketch ways to sort out the various social forces at play in the process, and the challenges that are projected by various players. In a comparative perspective, I will try to interpret the IGF process realistically, and discuss its present and future legitimacy and efficiency. I will discuss what I call ‘the problem of vertical chain reaction’, and ‘the virtue of non-implementation’.