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Internet Governance: A View From the RIPE NCC

The RIPE NCC is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) that support the operation of the Internet globally by providing Internet resource allocations, registration services and coordination activities. Founded in 1992, the RIPE NCC has a long history of working with the Internet technical community to engage with other Internet stakeholders, including governments, regulators and law enforcement agencies. Since the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) events, held between 2003-2005 and organised by the United Nations, there has been a growing global interest in the idea of Internet governance. With the development of the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a model of multi-stakeholder governance has evolved, based on open cooperation and information sharing between the various sectors with an interest in the Internet. In 2011, the IGF will hold its sixth annual event, having had its initial five-year remit extended by the United Nations. While many stakeholder groups were initially cautious about engaging in Internet governance processes, the past five years have proved the value of such cooperation, with all parties better informed about the concerns, interests and priorities of other stakeholder groups. In this paper, I will provide an overview of the Internet governance activities that are taking place, particularly those which the RIPE NCC has engaged with, and discuss the importance of such activities to the Internet technical community more generally.

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