Assessing the Near Future of Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance

Digital Policy Hub Working Paper

July 4, 2024

Key global events are occurring in 2024 that could shift global internet governance, including the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)+20 review and the United Nations Summit of the Future. The outcomes of these events could change global internet governance models from multi-stakeholder to multilateral. In recent years, governments have shifted their priorities in regard to the internet, attempting to make it safer and more trustworthy. Post-pandemic, countries have accelerated their capacities to harness digital networks and broadband penetration, while balancing the introduction of new legislation both domestically and internationally. Against the backdrop of a more regulated internet and enhanced digitalization, the United Nations is proposing both a Global Digital Compact and a Digital Cooperation Forum ahead of the Summit of the Future. These have the potential to upend much multi-stakeholder internet governance work, shifting how the internet has been governed since its public release in the 1990s.

About the Author

Dana Cramer is pursuing her Ph.D. at Toronto Metropolitan University and York University’s Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. As a Digital Policy Hub doctoral fellow, she is researching policy and governance approaches for emerging technologies.