Access to broadband internet is essential to participate in today’s global digital economy, and is the primary forum for ordinary citizens to share ideas and freely interact. But without borders, a corporate board or a national government, the internet itself is a challenge to manage and maintain, let alone evolve in anticipation of greater and greater integration with our societies.
Since its modest beginnings, the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance has enabled the internet to support the free exchange of ideas, innovation, investment, economic growth and the creation of wealth throughout the world, including in developing countries. For the internet to continue to provide these benefits, we believe its governance must be open, inclusive, collaborative and transparent. We do not believe that the current benefits are sustainable under government control or intergovernmental mandates. Internet governance principles must be part of a broader framework that reflects its users’ values, and respects the rule of law, fundamental freedoms, and the protection of intellectual property rights.
The internet should continue to allow for innovation without permission and to encourage the free flow of ideas and exchange of information across borders. Ubiquitous access to an open, inclusive internet will enable all countries to benefit fully from the services the Networked Society will bring.