Session 1

Initial headline*

Internet governance (IG): a puzzle or a Tower of Babel? (Introduction to IG)

Case study: Is telecom policy a piece in the IG puzzle?

Proposed title

Internet governance: a puzzle or a Tower of Babel?

Final title

[DL: 15 April]


The Internet became an integral part of our daily lives. As of March 2017, Europe has more than 600,000,000 Internet users. Yet, various issues (from digital divide to cyber threats) continue to emerge that are preventing users from fully benefiting from the opportunities offered by the Internet. Who are the responsible actors to solve these issues and in what way? What is the value of multistakeholderism and are we all giving our maximum?

This session will give its special focus to the role of telecom policies within the Internet governance multistakeholder arena, and explore if telecom actors should do more.

Key words

Internet, Internet governance, multistakeholderism, action plans, telecom policies, ICT, digital economy, net neutrality, zero rating, Europe

Session description

[DL: 15 April]

Session format

[DL: 15 April]

Main roles

Key participants/Resource persons (if applicable):


Online moderator:


[DL: 30 April]

Session messages

[To be added at the end of the session.] 


1. Jovan Kurbalija, Introduction to Internet Governance, DiploFoundation, 2016

2. 2016 Report of the Secretary-General: Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels (A/72/64-E/2017/12)

3. Report on improvements to the Internet Governance Forum – by the business representatives to the CSTD Working Group on the IGF

4. Ernest J. Wilson, What is Internet Governance and Where Does it Come From? 

5. Laura DeNardis and Mark Raymond, Thinking Clearly about Multistakeholder Internet Governance 

6. Romania’s telecommunications market

7. Bulgaria – Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media – Statistics and Analyses

8.  Bosnia and Herzegovina – Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media – Statistics and Analyses

9.  Telecoms Market Matrix: Central and Eastern Europe 3Q 2016

10. Proposed EU Directive establishing the European Electronic Communications Code

11. Global Internet and telecommunications

12. Open Internet

Relevant proposals

9, 10, 12, (13), 15, 43 – See full list of proposals

Organising team

  • Anja Gengo, IGF Secretariat, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Switzerland (focal point)
  • Zdravko Jukić, CRO-IGF Executive Committee, Croatia (focal point)
  • Abdeldjalil Bachar Bong, IGF Chad
  • Andrea Beccalli, ICANN, Italy/Belgium
  • Tereza Horejsova, DiploFoundation, Czech Republic/USA
  • Contact points from SEEDIG’s executive committee: Aida Mahmutović, Dušan Stojičević


*The session is currently under development. All relevant details will be added once they are agreed upon by the organising team, but not later than the indicated deadlines.


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