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The Internet Governance Space: Exploring the Core Issues from Africa’s Perspective Professor Clement Dzidonu Senior Research Fellow International Institute for Information Technology (INIIT) P.O. Box AN-19782 Accra-North www.iniit.com Some Starting Points
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Professor Clement Dzidonu
Senior Research Fellow
International Institute for Information Technology (INIIT)
P.O. Box AN-19782
What is the I in IG?
…The Internet as a:
The question of scope of the definition
Broad or Narrow (subject focus, or technical) Definition
Definition from whose Perspective
The difficulty in scoping the ‘Internet Governance’ problem is obvious.
Not only is there no single definition of what is the ‘Internet’ (what is to be governed) but also the ‘governance’ issue can be seen from a number of different perspectives
A ‘working description’ approach, is not same as the exercise involving a number of blind people describing an Africa elephant
The What to Govern (Object) – The Internet
Answering the Question who Governs the Internet or Who to Govern the Internet
Demand Side Actors
Technical Barriers to Participation
The lack of the necessary know-how, or expertise to effectively:
participate in relevant global IG processes, structures, organizations decision/policy making fora;
comprehend, contribute learn/benefit from the deliberations, discussions and proceedings of IG fora events technical meetings
The inability of African countries to acquire or have access to necessary and and/or timely information on IG-related issues, and events
This relates the lack of the necessary financial resources to meet the cost of:
Manufacturing & Processing
Can Africa Leap-Frog?
Hunting & Gathering
WHAT OUGHT TO BE
Africa’s Full and
In the Global IG Space
In the Global IG
Addressing the IG
Will it be possible for Africa to address/overcome the Challenges and the Barriers to effective participation in the IG Space in the Shortest Possible – Thus avoiding the dangers of being left behind – marginalized in the IG space?
Mapping Africa’s Critical Role in the IG Space
‘The What Ought-to-Be’
Africa Need to Play
Key Role in the
Governance of all
Issues and Items in this Space
Africa Need to be Active
in this Space – More
African Need to Increase
its Visibility in this Space – Take More Actions and Be More Effective
Africa’s Role in the ‘Actions’ Space
Africa’s Role in the ‘Objects’ Space
…. AND PATIENCE