What is IGFWatch?
- Is it a site for critics of the Internet Governance Forum process?
- Is it a personal blog?
- Does it have any official connection with the IGF?
The short answer to all of these questions is no. A longer answer to each of them follows.
IGFWatch is for those who support the IGF process—at least, in its ideal form. What is its ideal form? Well, although the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society provides some guidelines, it also emphasises that the Forum should "have a lightweight and decentralized structure that would be subject to periodic review". So in a sense, its ideal structure is also something to be discussed here.
Although this site is the conception of one interested scholar, Jeremy Malcolm, who is engaged in PhD research in this area, it is intended as the property of the community, to which any interested Internet users are welcome to post their own articles and comments.
And whilst this site is in no way a project of the Internet Governance Forum, it is envisaged that it will be part of the blogosphere monitored by the IGF and summarised in a daily report to delegates of its first meeting. Incidentally, IGFWatch is not associated with the pioneering ICANN commentary site ICANNWatch either.