WS 141 New trends in industry self-governance

Informal rule setting still plays a significant role in Internet governance. Non-governmental governance can occur at two levels: by shared rules negotiated through bodies like ICANN, and via private ordering by individual firms with significant market power. This panel will explore these two levels drawing on research into ICANN, especially its Affirmation of Commitments, and two recent cases: the Google Books [non-] settlement, and several governments’ demands that service providers such as Research In Motion and Facebook give local law enforcement agencies access to user communications. These all raise significant questions of transparency, accountability and inclusion in comparison to more traditional intergovernmental rule-setting. Read more

Time: Wed, 2012-11-07  16.30 – 18.00

Workshop Room: Conference Room – 2
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