About this site

About IGFWatch

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

I don't want to be prompted whether to use rich text when posting a submission.
Actually this question isn't Frequently Asked, but if this really is a problem for you then let me know; I can turn off the prompting: the only problem is, you then won't get to choose, so it will have to be Rich Text for everyone, or a plain textarea for everyone, as it's not yet configurable in your profile.

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The dates on postings are screwed up!
No, they're not. This site is hosted in Australia and we don't write our dates like Americans. If it truly bothers you, and you're a registered user, you can change the default date format by editing your profile using the link under "Contribute".

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There are spelling errors on this site!
You're not American again are you?  See the answer to the last question, except ignore the part about being able to configure it to your liking.

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