Jeremy Malcolm on Tue, 27 May 2008 06:51:12 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Book announcement: Multi-Stakeholder Governance and the Internet Governance Forum

I am pleased to announce a new book - please excuse the cross-posting  
to several lists.
Multi-Stakeholder Governance and the Internet Governance Forum
Author: Jeremy Malcolm
Published: May 2008
ISBN: 978-0-9805084-0-6
Pages: 639
Multi-stakeholder governance is a fresh approach to the development of  
public policy, bringing together governments, the private sector and  
civil society in partnership.  The movement towards this new  
governance paradigm has been most marked in areas involving global  
networks of stakeholders, too intricate to be represented by  
governments alone.  Nowhere is this better illustrated than on the  
Internet, where it is an inherent characteristic of the network that  
laws, and the conduct to which those laws are directed, will cross  
national borders.

Thus momentum has developed to bring multi-stakeholder governance to  
the Internet, through reforms such as the Internet Governance Forum  
(IGF).  In this groundbreaking and incisive book, Jeremy Malcolm  
examines the new model of multi-stakeholder governance for the  
Internet regime that the IGF represents.  In doing so Jeremy outlines  
the state of the regime as it preceded the IGF's formation, and  
provides a faithful yet accessible account of international law,  
international relations, democratic theory and consensus decision- 
making as they bear on the topic.  He then builds a compelling case  
for the reform of the IGF to enable it to fulfil its mandate as an  
institution for multi-stakeholder Internet governance.

"A book that ought to be read by every participant in the UN Internet  
Governance Forum. Malcolm provides an exhaustive exploration of the  
great potential -- and the obstacles and dead ends -- faced by multi- 
stakeholder policy making around the Internet."

— Milton Mueller, Syracuse University School Of Information Studies  
and XS4All Professor, Delft University of Technology

"Internet governance, once a distant abstraction, increasingly touches  
everyone, even those seemingly remote from the Net. Jeremy Malcolm's  
in-depth analysis of its recent evolution and the role of the IGF, a  
key player in this rapidly developing field, is a timely contribution  
and a useful reference for scholars, practitioners and policymakers  

— David Vaile, Executive Director, Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law and  
Policy Centre

For more information please see:

* The publisher's Web site:
* Google Books:
* Press contact: +61-8-9213 0801 /

Jeremy Malcolm LLB (Hons) B Com
Internet and Open Source lawyer, IT consultant, actor
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