In anticipation of the Internet Governance Forum meeting later this year in Brazil, Geoff Mulgan shared a new paper at Nesta on lessons to be learned from other fields of global governance that could have an impact on the future of governing the Internet. The paper, "This is for everyone: how to govern the internet as a global commons," is also closely related to the other work being driven by the Network on globally distributed Internet governance.
Some of Mulgan's key recommendations for governing the Internet as a global commons include:
- Laying out "(relatively) straightforward principles set out in a charter"
- "Distributing the tasks of governance," since different discrete tasks and challenges will require different answers
- "The best governance arrangements combine formal and informal elements (or why the internet needs its own social movement)"