Internet governance

As well as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), there are a few other processes we keep an eye on:

  • The Internet Governance Forum is a United Nations sponsored event that has happened every year since 2005. We send staff to this to experience the world-wide debates about all things Internet related (almost every topic under the sun is there), and to share what we learn at NetHui with a broader audience. There are spin off regional and national Internet Governance Forums which we try to get along to as well - the Australia and Pacific versions first among them.
  • The International Telecommunications Union or ITU is a very old United Nations body that has survived into the Internet age. Some countries do not support the "multi-stakeholder" leadership of Internet policy represented by groups like ICANN and the Internet Governance Forum, and would like to control the Internet's development through government-only institutions. We follow discussion at the ITU and argue that it should stick within its area of expertise, and not expand its scope.
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has an active Internet policy discussion through one of its committees. We try and keep across that work, though we do not participate very actively.

While our international commitment represents a small part of what we do, it is important. No country is on its own in the global Internet. We have a responsibility as a respected participant to help shape an Internet that can build the better world we stand for as an organisation.

Our successes as an organisation note some of the influential roles we have played globally. All of them are worthy of recognition. We focus today on participation that helps us do our job, and helps protect and promote the Internet in a way that's good for New Zealand and New Zealanders.