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Defining Internet Governance & ARIN's Role

ARIN is a well-respected leader in the Internet community and likewise a thought leader in Internet governance discussion.

What is Internet Governance?

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) (Tunis Agenda 2005) defines Internet governance as:

…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.

ARIN's Role

ARIN participated in the Tunis WSIS as part of the Number Resource Organization (NRO) and believes that this carefully-crafted statement is a comprehensive definition of Internet Governance.

For years, ARIN has played an important role within various Internet governance organizations and forums. Looking toward the future of the Internet, ARIN continues to be a valuable resource for the Internet community by participating in Internet governance to:

  • Make sure the interests of the Internet community are represented in key forums
  • Educate governments and international organizations on the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) structure and bottom-up community driven number resource management model
  • Work within various organizations to remove barriers that result in misunderstanding
  • Facilitate opportunities to exchange meaningful insight that will impact Internet number resource distribution and management not only today but in the future as well.

ARIN’s goal throughout the ever-evolving global Internet governance policy debate is to ensure that:

  • The technical implications of proposed policy are clearly understood
  • Dialogue from multi-stakeholder collaborations are heard
  • Decisions are made with a clear understanding of the community’s interests

ARIN's key roles in the area of Internet Governance are as follows:

On the regional level

  • ARIN fosters working relationships with the 26 countries and economies that make up the ARIN region.
  • ARIN works with each of these countries to advance understanding of the number resource management model, to provide educational opportunities, to promote awareness, and to ensure that openness and transparency are maintained in all matters.
  • ARIN supports a multi-stakeholder open policy dialogue of the global Internet governance issues facing both governments and the ARIN community.

On the global level…

  • ARIN closely follows the regulatory decision-making processes that will affect the ARIN region and the entire Internet community.
  • ARIN maintains that the multi-stakeholder approach to policy development is crucial to the continued recognition, strength, and future of the Internet and the Internet community.
  • ARIN strives to be a key resource for participants in the global Internet governance debate contributing information, ideas and knowledge.
  • ARIN supports cooperation and direct involvement alongside governments and international organizations in order to share and strengthen global knowledge about Internet governance issues.

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