The conference ‒ The Internet as a Global Public Resource ‒ organised by DiploFoundation with support from the Government of Malta, the Malta Communications Authority (MCA), St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, and other partner organisations, convened various actors to explore the technical, organisational, commercial, and societal aspects of the Internet that could be considered global public resources, and to discuss the experience of global public resources in other policy areas.
The conference, held at St James Cavalier, Valletta, Malta on 29‒30 April 2015, capitalised both on Malta as a vibrant digital society and its long tradition of promoting global public resources and related concepts, and initiated a research and policy project aimed at discussing the future developments of the Internet as a global public resource.
Follow the links to read the reports summarising each of the panel discussions:
- Panel 1: The Internet ‘an exceptional global public resource’
- Panel 2: What aspects of the Internet can be considered global public resources?
- Panel 3: Dealing with positive and negative externalities
- Panel 4: Learning from other policy areas
- Panel 5: Facilitating an integrated approach to digital issues
- Concluding panel: From conference discussions to research project
Policy Research and Dialogue Project
Over the next 12 months, representatives of governments, business, academia, and civil society will gather for brainstorming sessions, policy roundtables, and international conferences on the Internet as a global public resource. The project will also feed into the wide range of policy processes, including CHOGM, the WSIS+10 review process, and ongoing discussions regarding the globalisation of ICANN.
We invite you to read the concept paper outlining the project and the timeline.