[governance] Re: IGF Financing

Norbert Bollow nb at bollow.ch
Wed Jun 13 06:30:19 EDT 2007

Milton Mueller <mueller at syr.edu> wrote:

> >>> nb at bollow.ch 6/11/2007 9:42 AM >>>
> >Would it be an improvement if the IGF process was funded 
> >out of the U.N. budget?
> probably not. That would make it totally beholden to the nation-state
> system.

Isn't that the case anyway?  Is there any way for the IGF to stop
being accounatble to the U.N. and to the nation-state system?

My concern is that if the IGF starts to rely on significant financial
contributions from industry special interests, that would cause a
significant decrease in the level of integrity that we can expect
from the IGF process with regard to topics that some rich companies
don't want to see discussed, or about which they seek to promote some
very one-sided perspective.

If you want an international multistakeholder process to discuss the
future of the internet in a way that is not "beholden" to the U.N.
and to the nation-state system, let's work together on creating such
a process.  I'm game.


Norbert Bollow <nb at bollow.ch>                    http://Norbert.ch
President of the Swiss Internet User Group SIUG  http://SIUG.ch
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