Mapping Global Internet Public Policy Issues

Between August and November 2014, the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development carried out a “mapping and gap analysis of international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet.” This report, prepared by the CSTD secretariat, was initiated at the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation in line with ECOSOC Resolution E/RES/2014/27 (“Assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on Information Society.”) The mapping analysis identified implementation, awareness, capacity and research gaps on internet-related policies divided into several clusters – infrastructure and standardisation, security, human rights, legal, economic, development,  and socio-cultural. The UNCSTD draft study can be found here. When the Commission meets in Geneva next month, the study is expected to be a subject of discussion and debate. At CCG, we synthesised the mapping study, highlighting key internet policies and themes in tabular format – along with the “gaps” that the Commission has identified. We believe this table would be useful to both academia and policy makers in India and abroad to identify key action lines and cull research subjects from the study. The CCG synthesis is here.

(Arun is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi)

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