Internet governance is the development and application by Governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.

–Working Group on Internet Governance [WGIG], 2005.

THE Internet is now indispensable. About 24 m UK households are connected1 and, of these homes, more now have broadband access than have narrowband, dial up, access.2 The Internet exemplifies a shift in UK communication consumption patterns whereby, between 1991 and 2003, UK household expenditure on communications have almost trebled3—mobile telephony, subscription television and the Internet have all become familiar elements in daily life. The Internet’s salience goes together with a new interest in network forms...

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