Internet Governance Forum 2009
Panelists and participants had an interactive exchange on how addressing Internet governance issues appropriately can stimulate economic recovery and growth. Economies can be boosted by putting in place the necessary legal, policy and regulatory approaches that promote innovation, infrastructure and investment in the Internet and ICTs.
The panel began with the results of the Oxford Internet Institute Policy Forum discussion paper “The New Economic Context of Internet governance” that showed that there was no immediate evidence that the economic downturn has caused any changes or call for changes in the roles of stakeholders in internet governance processes. Nonetheless, Desiree Miloshevic questioned whether there will be more regulation or more liberalization as a result of the economic crisis.
She believed that the recent signing of the Affirmation of Commitments between the US Department of Commerce and ICANN is an example indicating that the response will be greater liberalization.