Study Advocates Balance of Interests in Internet Governance
Balance of interests, rather than “equality”, should be the guiding principle of stakeholder representation in Internet governance, a study by a Covenant University faculty has suggested.
Dr. Oladokun Omojola of the Mass Communication Department, in a study titled, ‘Exploring the Propriety of Equilibrium of Interests in Global Internet Governance’, examined the feasibility of a resolution by all stakeholders in the Internet governance debate – governments, the private sector or civil society, including the technical and academic community – to operate on an equal basis.
After evaluating the profile of contributions of each of the stakeholders, the researcher averred that the core value of equality that drives internet governance could be a weak sustenance strategy. Hence, what each member represents in Internet governance should be commensurate with the weight it exerts.