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Legitimacy and Complexity: Reflections on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

With Terje Rasmussen
Recorded:
13 Feb 2007
Speakers:
With Terje Rasmussen
Filming venue:

Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS United Kingdom

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’.

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