Internet Governance is a broad term and has many definitions depending on the context. In general Internet governance is the development of norms and principles relating to how the Internet functions by a group of stakeholders including governments, organizations, and commissions and the regulation and administration of those principals by the parties involved.
Some of the organizations that are involved in the topic of Internet governance include:
- Internet Society
- Internet Governance Forum
- Registries and Registrars
ICANN considers itself part of the Internet governance ecosystem, although the organization is wary of wading into areas that are beyond the organization's mission. In 2013/2014 the topic of Internet Governance was widely discussed within the ICANN community, and in November 2013 ICANN set up a Strategy Panel on ICANN's Role in the Internet Governance Ecosystem, along with a few other strategy panels. The panel was lead by Vint Cerf and was tasked with reviewing ICANN's role in the Internet governance ecosystem and recommending a roadmap for future involvement in the ecosystem.
- Governance Ecosystem Strategy Panel, ICANN.org Retrieved 22 May 2014