Internet governance is a broad term used in many different contexts[1]. It applies to activities as diverse as the coordination of technical standards, the operation of critical infrastructure, development, regulation, legislation, and more. The term "Internet governance" has evolved over time [2], and various groups have attempted to develop working definitions. As the Internet first opened to commerce and the wider public in the mid-1990s, the term referred to a limited set of policy issues associated with the global synchronization and management of domain names (e.g., and IP addresses (e.g., But as the Internet became a unified medium for all types of information, the definition broadened considerably.

In 2005, the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) defined Internet governance as "the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programs that shape the evolution and use of the Internet." [3]

  1. Governing the Internet/Introduction to Internet Governance, WikiBooks, 12 Apr. 2016
  2. "What Is Internet Governance? - Council on Foreign Relations.", Web. 12 Apr. 2016
  3. "IFLA -- What is Internet Governance?", Web. 12 Apr. 2013

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