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Reclaiming Information and Communication Technologies for Development$
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Tim Unwin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198795292

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198795292.001.0001

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The International Policy Arena

The International Policy Arena

ICTs and Internet Governance

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Reclaiming Information and Communication Technologies for Development

Tim Unwin

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on ‘multi-stakeholderism’ in the international ICT4D arena, and particularly on discussions around Internet governance. It begins by exploring the differing roles of governments, the private sector, and civil society in general, noting that the poor are almost always absent from discussions that concern them. The evolution of so-called multi-stakeholder dialogue with respect to ICTs and telecommunications is then examined in the context of the World Summit on the Information Society in 2003 and 2005, and then in the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. The various institutional multi-stakeholder structures adopted by the ITU, ICANN, and the IGF are discussed to highlight the differing interests of governments, the private sector, and civil society.

Keywords:   governments, civil society, private sector, World Summit on the Information Society, multi-stakeholderism, International Telecommunication Union, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Internet Governance Forum, Internet, governance

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