Internet Regulation and the ITU: Civil Society Must Be Heard | Global Voices Advocacy
Since its infancy, the Internet has benefited from a lightweight and decentralized approach to governance—a combination of targeted government regulation, technical coordination by companies, and a number of formal and informal multistakeholder organizations to help guide the Internet’s development, such as the IETF, W3C, and the IGF, just to name a few.
But this framework is not set in stone. This December, the International Telecommunication Union, a government-centric UN treaty body, will decide whether and how it might regulate policy and technical standards for the global Internet in the future.
The emergence of the ITU as a regulatory body for the Internet would shift authority away from the decentralized, multistakeholder approach that has served the Internet since its inception, and make Internet regulation a more centralized and less inclusive process.