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Focus of article changed[edit]

The article was radically changed on 14 February 2007 by User:Malhi gurdial. He (or she) replaced a slightly historical article which detailed the actual organisations and processes that control the Internet with a new article discussing the politics of Internet governance and incorporating some text from the previous article.

The new article is non-wiki style, and has not been wikified to any great extent in two months. Further, a lot of useful information about practical Internet governance has been lost.

I propose to revert the article to the 6th February version, so as to restore a wikified and technically useful article (which still needs improvement).

Malhi Gurdial and the rest of us will then have the opportunity to reorganise and strengthen the article with the new information.

Major reorganisations should probably be discussed in the talk pages (or possibly on the "Article Creation and Improvement Drive" project, if that gets off the ground).

Comments? - Paul 01:51, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

I'm a newbie here. I made changes to this article as part of an assignment for a class (Internet and Society: Technologies and Politics of Control) at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. I rearranged some of the sections (for instance, moving the "Definition" section to the beginning), added some text (such as Prof. Yochai Benkler's "layers" of governance), and provided a couple of citations and external links. I would like to further develop this article by elaborating on the controversies involving Internet governance, discussing proposed models, and exploring certain issues, such as the role of the developing world. I would also like to add a photo and some additional links.

--Zsaulkalns (talk) 15:53, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

I will be editing this article as part of an assignment for graduate school. I wish to contribute citations and look out for any biased/non neutral statements within the article.

--Dasha.g (talk) 13:18, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

I'm in the same course as Dasha and will be editing this article as part of an assignment. I note that two other classmates have also made some edits. Looking at what still needs to be done, I have identified a lack of citations for the History section as being the main issue, particularly sections 1&2 which have NO sources at all. I won't have time to fix it all but hope someone else will continue the effort. Marie61 (talk) 16:57, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

Academia runs wiki...shocker. the very issue being discussed is at stake here. "non-neutral" statements....depends on where you're sitting. If we are going to turn wikipedia into a college lecture, we gots probs...oh wait too late. (talk) 23:00, 4 June 2013 (UTC)

--Sagajr (talk) February 6 2014

Hello, guys. I'm a Cyberlaw student at UC Berkeley Law and new to editing Wikipedia. In the upcoming weeks, I'll be suggesting some updates to the IG text. In my opinion, it deserves some improvements this year. At first, I might work on the "Definition" session. Although the references to WGIG and Benkler are pretty accurate, there is room for further text. I might add some info on the broader approach to IG of Jovan Kurbalija and Laura DeNardis.

I hope you're ok with that and we can dig into further developing this important wiki article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sagajr (talkcontribs) 08:06, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Sagajr - Suggest some edits - Internet governance is a term that is being used is different ways by different people but should be enough common ground for convergance --TcomptonMA 11:39, 6 February 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by TcomptonMA (talkcontribs)

--Sagajr (talk) March 4 2014

As I mentioned previously, I added the following text to the definition section. I'd like to ask for your comments:

"Professors Jovan Kurbalija and Laura DeNardis also offer comprehensive definitions to “Internet Governance”. According to Kurbalija, the broad approach to Internet Governance goes “beyond Internet infrastructural aspects and address other legal, economic, developmental, and sociocultural issues” [12]; along similar lines, DeNardis argues that “Internet Governance generally refers to policy and technical coordination issues related to the exchange of information over the Internet”.[13]" — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sagajr (talkcontribs) 23:14, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

I also updated some info on the Brazilian NET Mundial meeting.

Hope you agree. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sagajr (talkcontribs) 00:36, 5 March 2014 (UTC)


Like my other three classmates, I'm also editing this article for a class assignment as part of the Wikipedia:Canada Education Program—I've gone ahead and added our course banner to this talk page. I'm going to make a couple of changes to this article today. First, I noticed that a few sentences in the background section are more or less plagiarized from this book. I'm going to clean up these sentences and add appropriate citations where needed. Second, I'm going to add a few more resources to the further reading section that can be used to continue developing this article.

Third, I want to start talking about expanding the scope of this article. Currently, it focuses primarily on technical administration of critical Internet infrastructure (i.e. ICANN and the DNS system) or non-authoritative deliberation in international conferences and bodies (i.e. WSIS and WGIG). It doesn't offer a clear explanation of how these two particular types of governance relate to each other or to other types of governance (i.e. security, intellectual property, communication rights). It also doesn't cover different models for Internet governance (i.e. traditional state sovereignty, decentralized peer production, others). I don't know that I'm comfortable enough with the subject or with Wikipedia's norms to propose a restructuring just yet, but I think these points should be addressed in this article. Any thoughts? --Mari (talk) 19:32, 1 November 2011 (UTC)

Let me add a note on my misgivings pertaining to the present state of Wikipedia structure: The growth of the Internet has made it imperative to distinguish better between governance and regulation, more specifically, Internet governance and how it relates to the more traditional field of telecommunications regulation.

Even more particularly, I protest against deficits on pages like this:

  • "Regulation" is inadequately put here
  • and here "Policy" is reduced to "Law",

Is anyone else concerned with this lack?

Seniorexpat (talk) 16:23, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

History section of this article is actually history of the Internet[edit]

History section of this article is actually history of the Internet, only it materially incorrect in many places and basically requires either duplicating that material here, or removal and linking to Internet#History TcomptonMA 02:36, 10 January 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by TcomptonMA (talkcontribs)

yellow tickY Partly done. I agree. I shortened the "history" section considerably. Not sure that I cut out all of the inaccuracies, but there is certainly less duplication with the main Internet article and the History of the Internet article than there was. Have a look and feel free to correct anything that still needs fixing. --Jeff Ogden (W163) (talk) 18:33, 7 February 2014 (UTC)