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Ohu Global Internet Governance

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Ohu Global and Internet Governance (GIG)


The Ohu Global Internet Governance aims to analyze and reframe the political and legal questions regarding the development of global internet governance mechanisms. In particular, it seeks to facilitate better coordination of relevant individuals in German ministries and politicians for internet-political topics, (i.e. ICANN, NATO, ITU, etc.) in addition to better incorporation of the expertise of actors active in the private sector and civil society. We pose questions on the organizational and contentual levels regarding the path to a global political framework for the internet. The chief subject of our work revolves around the coordination between the G8, G20, UN, IGF, ICANN, ITU, EU, Council of Europe and NATO together with internet relevant topics, especially those discussed under the framework of the UN's World Summit on the Information Society.
The GIG Ohu prioritizes the shedding of light on controversial debates within the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the UN Commission on Science and Technology Development (UNCSTD) with its IGF Improvement Working Group, the ITU, ICANN, ISOC and IETF from a German perspective. Furthermore it is our aim to work towards a unified German position of all stakeholders from politics, academia, technology and the private sector.


  1. The development of principles for a political-legal framework as being discussed in the Council of Europe and OECD, following a recommendation by the US government. http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/standardsetting/media-dataprotection/conf-internet-freedom/
  2. The expansion of the domain name space through the introduction of new Top Level Domains (new gTLDs) as seen in discussions of various panels of the ICANN, specifically the GAC.
  3. The further development of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) that is being discussed in the UN Commission Working Group on Science and Technology Development (UNCSTD), the ECOSOC and previously in the second committee of the 66th UN General Assembly meeting in October/November 2011. http://unctad.org/en/templates/page.aspx?intItemID=5813
Sebastian Haselbeck
John Dykes
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