At the Margins of Internet Governance: grassroots tech groups and communication policy
Title: At the Margins of Internet Governance: grassroots tech groups and communication policy
Citation: International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 2009, 5, 1, 23-38
ISSN: 1740-8296 (Print); 2040-0918 (Online)
This article examines grassroots tech groups as civil society media (CSM) actors marginalised in the communications policy debate. We aim to insert these key providers of information communication technology (ICT) infrastructure into discussions on enabling CSM policy agendas. The article maps their policy objectives, traces their connections to broader Internet governance mechanisms and explores their potential roles as policy stakeholders. We conclude that grassroots tech groups, while operating largely outside of the debate, offer unique perspectives and contributions to multi-stakeholder policy dialogue, challenging norms of inclusion and representation.
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