Sunil Abraham, Executive Director of the Centre of Internet and Society

The governance of the Internet is a complex regulatory space with multistakeholder, multilateral, plurilateral and bilateral policy development and enforcement. Two organisations – Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) will be examined in detail to understand the difference between the multistakeholder model and the multilateral model. Both these organisations will be compared from the perspectives of openness, diversity, transparency, public interest and enforcement of human rights. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is yet another multistakeholder platform for internet governance, however by design it does not deliver any text output. As a result, the balkanization or fragmentation has accelerated as states are unable to solve the jurisdiction problem that has been identified by scholars around the birth of the Internet. Working with regulatory theory we need to ask - how can the multistakeholder model at IGF be fixed so that it delivers more effective and civil liberties-respecting self-regulation by the private sector?


To register your interest, RSVP to by Friday 14th April 2017.

All welcome, but places are limited.

It is recommended that participants attend the lecture, “Digital India”, which Sunil Abraham will deliver on Friday 28th April, 5:30pm in Room 212, Sir Llew Edwards Building (#14), St Lucia Campus.

Sunil Abraham is the Executive Director of the Centre of Internet and Society. He is also a social entrepreneur and Free Software advocate. He founded Mahiti in 1998 which aims to reduce the cost and complexity of Information and Communication Technology for the Voluntary Sector by using Free Software. Between June 2004 and June 2007, he managed the International Open Source Network, a project of the UNDP's Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme serving 42 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Between September 2007 and June 2008, he also managed ENRAP, an electronic network of International Fund for Agricultural Development projects in the Asia-Pacific facilitated and co-funded by International Development Research Centre, Canada. 


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