What is Civil Society and Who Represents Civil Society at the IGF? An Analysis of Civil Society Typologies in Internet Governance

Tjahja, Nadia, Meyer, Trisha and Shahin, Jamal, (2021). What is Civil Society and Who Represents Civil Society at the IGF? An Analysis of Civil Society Typologies in Internet Governance. Telecommunications Policy, 45(6), 102141-102141

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    Author Tjahja, Nadia
    Meyer, Trisha
    Shahin, Jamal
    Title What is Civil Society and Who Represents Civil Society at the IGF? An Analysis of Civil Society Typologies in Internet Governance
    Appearing in Telecommunications Policy
    Volume 45
    Issue No. 6
    Publication Date 2021-04-27
    Place of Publication Online
    Publisher Elsevier
    Start page 102141
    End page 102141
    Language eng
    Abstract For 15 years, the UN-mandated Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has brought different stakeholder groups together to engage in debate and discussion on public policy issues relevant to Internet Governance, but who are the ‘civil society’ that is treated as one of the cornerstones of the IGF? This paper aims to provide two contributions to discussions on norm entrepreneurship in internet governance. First, it aims to contribute to the growing body of literature on multistakeholderism, notably by furthering debates on the role of civil society in institutions of global governance (in this instance, the IGF). Second, we aim to contribute to the debates on the future of the IGF(+), by digging into the civil society stakeholder group to try to understand who is actually present in the discussions. By creating a typology of the 2830 Civil Society Organisations that have participated in IGFs between 2006 and 2019, we provide nuance to the heterogeneity of civil society in Internet Governance debates. This exploratory study has shown that there is a hidden wealth available in the statistics of the IGF that can inform our policymaking capacity in terms of topics, representation but also providing access and ensuring outreach to specific communities.
    Keyword Civil society
    Representation
    Civil society framework
    Purpose-driven typology
    Internet governance forum
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2021.102141
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