Towards a Working Definition of Internet
Members of the WGIG started discussions on a working
definition of Internet governance. The
term “working definition” would not imply a perfect,
or permanent definition, but was to be seen as an approach
towards a description that would enhance the preparation
of the content of the report. The working definition
should also include an enabling dimension.
A convergence of views emerged, based on the
terms ‘governance’ and ‘govern’ mean more than
enabling dimension includes organized and cooperative
activities between different stakeholders; and
governance encompasses a wider range of conditions and
mechanisms than IP numbering and domain name
More about the discussion on the working definition is
contained in the Chairman's introductory
statement to the WSIS PrepCom-2.
Some definitions of Internet and Internet governance have
already been provided by:
- Mr. Richard Hill, International
- Ms. Patrice A. Lyons, Corporation for
National Research Initiatives
More definitions will be posted in due course. Comments are welcomed and will be
published on this site.