The Necessity of an Inclusive, Transparent, and Participatory Internet

About the Authors: Ambassador Philip L. Verveer serves as U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy at the U.S. Department of State, Lawrence E. Strickling serves as Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and Julius Genachowski serves as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

On the eve of the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), we believe that it is the right time to reaffirm the U.S. government's commitment to the multi-stakeholder model as the appropriate process for addressing Internet policy and governance issues. The multi-stakeholder model has enabled the Internet to flourish. It has promoted freedom of expression, both online and off. It has ensured the Internet is a robust, open platform for innovation, investment, economic growth and the creation of wealth throughout the world, including in developing countries.

There are those who may suggest next week in Dubai -- and in future venues where Internet policy is discussed -- that the United States controls the Internet. Alternatively, they may suggest that in the future governments alone should run the Internet. Our response is grounded in the reality that this is simply not the case. The Internet is a decentralized network of networks and there is no one party -- government or industry -- that controls the Internet today. And that's a good thing.

The Internet's decentralized, multi-stakeholder processes enable us all to benefit from the engagement of all interested parties. By encouraging the participation of industry, civil society, technical and academic experts, and governments from around the globe, multi-stakeholder processes result in broader and more creative problem solving. This is essential when dealing with the Internet, which thrives through the cooperation of many different parties.

The global community has many serious topics to discuss with respect to the Internet. Collectively, we need to ensure that these matters are taken up in suitable multi-stakeholder venues so that these discussions are well informed by the voices of all interested parties.

Our commitment to the multi-stakeholder model is based on the fact that transparency, inclusion and participation are the 21st century standards governing discussions related to modern communications. This is a view shared by many around the world and was most recently reiterated by a statement of civil society members and groups from around the world who participated in the "Best Bits" pre-Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting held earlier this month in Baku, Azerbaijan. The U.S. government wishes to lend its support to the spirit of the recommendations contained in the statement.

We have and will continue to advocate for an Internet that is not dominated by any one player or group of players, and one that is free from bureaucratic layers that cannot keep up with the pace of change. We will work with everyone to ensure that we have a global Internet that allows all voices to be heard.



November 30, 2012

W.W. writes:

there is no access to international data banks on search engines - gov can filter informations

Marion M.
United States
December 3, 2012

Marion M. in the U.S.A. writes:

Too bad you don't practice what you preach! Your post above about a free and open internet not controlled by any one entity is to be applauded. Why is that openness not applied when it comes to what choices you recommend for people setting up their Google page? I decided to add your politics group to my Google page and was amazed at how very one sided you are. Not only do you not initially offer any different views but you seem to slam FOX news and all Republicans. You do not even make an attempt at covering your bias! You do not even make a stab at being balanced.

I find this incredibly funny as it is people you seem to love that is trying to shut you up. The UN wants to control the internet....and the world.....Agenda 21 comes to mind along with their stance on internet freedom.
Your attempt at controlling what young people ingest as news is so slanted to the left! I like to read both sides and I also know when I'm being fed biased thought. It would be refreshing if you just reported the news and also made readily available all different channels of thought and news reports to choose from. Stop pushing your leftist agenda and try being neutral. That's what the defense of freedom and this country truly need!

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