One of the few tangible outputs of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), after a three-year discussion (2002 to 2005), was the creation of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) under the auspices of the UN. For many observers and participants at the WSIS this new self-determining, multi-stakeholder entity was considered a first phase in the establishment of a new model not only for Internet governance but also for global governance itself.
The first IGF meeting was convened in Athens, Greece between October 30th and November 4th 2006. Jeremy Shtern from Media@McGill was among the participants in Athens (see his blog here). He describes here the outcome of this first meeting in terms of ‘dynamic coalitions’ that are expected to self-organize work on specific issue areas over the course of the year. He also describes the “Governance Paradox”.