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Internet Governance Policy Survey - November 2007

This Web page contains some of the qualitative written elaborations gathered among the data in a survey of IGF participants that was fielded to measure attitudes about current and likely Internet governance policy initiatives. Responses were gathered from 206 IGF attendees, roughly 15 percent of Forum participants, representing 60 countries. The Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nov. 12-15, 2007, was the second of five annual global events that attract stakeholders who come together to discuss issues tied to the future of information and communications technologies.  Respondents were asked to provide written elaborations about their concerns for the future of the Internet in open-ended response boxes on the survey; some chose not to reply to every question asked, so you will not find 206 responses to each question. The researchers express their thanks to survey respondents, some of whom spent up to an hour carefully considering and providing their input for this survey. The written responses were sometimes composed in a mix of languages and some were written with grammatical or syntax errors but had a discernible meaning; these have been edited to bring clarity for use on this site. Please address any inquiries about the data to

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This page contains responses to the question on concerns about the future of ACCESS. To go to other open-ended responses, click on the appropriate category below:


Open-ended response number two


List the most important future concern(s) you have about ACCESS and Internet governance.

Most of the rural areas are still without telecommunication facilities and electricity. So first of all these people would get familiar with these two basic facilities and then they will be thinking about Internet. So a lot of awareness and training must be provided to the concerned. In developing countries, getting people aware and trained about using Internet and computer is the basic requirement. If this could happen, Internet governance would be possible but it takes a lot of time.

Over-control; censorship.

Most people agree that access is the most pressing theme/topic. We are still 5 billion users short. Economics of the Inter-nation Internet Connectivity (IIC) scheme must be addressed openly, and realistically if we are really to find innovative solutions to old typical problems. I expected to hear of IIC in the session on CIR, because it's critical. It wasn't stressed at the Access session either. The focus is only on the local policies, as if there is nothing to be done on the global level.

Local and global policies and education, not laws and regulation will improve access. Connection is not access. Access requires capacity-building and connectivity.
Developing countries should support telecoms deregulation, and encourage IXPs [Internet exchange points, which allow ISPs to exchange Internet traffic between their networks through mutual peering agreements that allow the traffic exchange without cost].

Regulation to allow for community networks; promotion and cultivation of public services, education and heath applications; and services development and access.
We need to get as close to universal access as possible; I am not sure that this is dependent on more democratic governance though.

Regulatory facilities to enable full development of community networks: "digital municipalities." Future-proof backbone points of presence in every city and town.

Ensuring that there is an infrastructure of pipes that can ensure necessary bandwidth to permit Internet growth that provides lower cost to users.

Fair costs for broadband connection.

Solve the economical equation among users, ISPs, etc. in order to achieve a balanced business plan and an affordable service.

Developing countries and developing communities (indigenous/aboriginal) within "developed" countries.

Going beyond access to make sure that people can use the Internet. [capacity-building]

1- Financial resources; 2- Technical skills; 3- Political leadership’s willingness.

Internet security.

Prevent world political bodies from having any kind of control over the Internet. The Internet should be about empowering the individual.


Sustainability of access. Security for the recently online.

Promote access as a public resource in economically weak countries.

Access without education could be devastating.

1) Poor countries need funds to deploy Internet access, but the money never reaches the right place, so big funds did not work - some kind of monitoring of each use of money to create access shall be built in an independent and transparent way. 2) Capacity-building to allow people to improve their telecommunication systems - routing inside countries/regions, etc.

Everyone is concerned about Internet access, but before we have Internet, we need some basic facilities - electricity, shelter, etc. Education and training and local scripts are also required for people to be able to access content via the Internet!

Still the digital divide.

Price and education.

The access for vulnerable groups and to the remote areas.

Net neutrality, meaning that access to the Internet is one thing, while access to content is another.

Training of users and simpler methods to access the Internet (related to basic literacy).

In the developing countries, the greatest impediment to Internet access is illiteracy, lack of general education.

International organizations should keep motivating, but going to the last mile is the responsibility of the governments.

That access will be commercialised and reflect the inequity map between rich and poor, North and South.

Ensuring fair distribution of revenues from international Internet traffic among countries. Stop confusing Internet cafes/kiosks and similar SMEs for community-driven responses to digital divide and other exclusions. Long-term energy requirements to sustain all the net-based activities.

Political use of Internet access in Brasil, whose goals are votes, not education or social inclusion.

Most of the hitherto-unreached population will have the access through last-mile-access connectivity. Important future concern is therefore how to bring down the cost of the last-mile-access technology and make it affordable to unreached and underprivileged people.

Overcontrol of the users and censorship.


Low-cost telecommunications.

Global access for all.

Broadband x value.

My concerns are openness; big providers; monopoly.

Bandwidth and infrastructural costs.

Energy problems; nations' economy; interconnection costs; costs of Internet.

Local access at high quality/speed for disenfranchised groups.

Infrastructure development and setting of standards.

Individual governments asserting authority over Internet access (i.e. Myanmar turning off ccTLD service, walled gardens in China, etc.).

Reduction of Internet connection costs.

Capacity-building. Responsible use of the Internet.

Providing access to those in developing countries and regions.

Awareness; infrastructure; education.

Promoting it along with school and critical education.

Lack of infrastructure; high prices; lack of online content for low-income groups.


Increase governmental awareness!

Yes, universal access is a necessity.

Intellectual property; costs; content-filtering.

You need more competition but regulatory safeguards are also necessary. More competition is needed to roll out services to low-income users.

The growing digital divide.

No access => less information => less “power.”

Funds; technology adoption; bandwidth.

Too much political intervention will end up constraining access.

Easy access with the lowest price.

Overconsumerism; price/cost; unsustainable ICT production.

Security, security, security.

Regulations and role of governments.

Getting access to the countries that currently don't have it.

Over-emphasis on access, development and capacity building over other issues of Internet governance.

Overregulation of providers - expecting providers to fulfill functions that should be provided by government (eg subsidized access).

The cost of Internet access outside the US and Europe will continue to remain high when countries have to bear the full cost of connecting the US and Europe.

Ensure access to regions of lower productivity socio-cultural and IDH.

Internet must contain an effective form of regulation; it is impossible to think, disseminate and create content without a comprehensive framework of rules to protect him or regulate. But the regulation must be properly understood, without censorship, without filters, but with LIABILITY as it is required of all other means of dissemination. Freedom is not the same as debauchery.

Costs for accessing network, local people on low income and more connections in schools and institutions of education.

Aumento do número de locais de acesso livre a Internet - chamados telecentros.

Adjustable, sound prices.

Social interests.

All individuals should have access.

Development System, a network security.

The obstacle to economic access is intellectual property.

The cost of a connection and commercial interests.

Access: You must take into account the limited economic access of the population and not the numerous regulations. It is true that the biggest limitation is economic and cultural development and therefore must be carried out projects that the people have more access points and are aware of its proper use (education).

Excess of regulations.

The money is disappearing.

Cost of the connection.

Language: everyone should have access in their own language. Then, the infrastructure and making access affordable. Finally, the involvement of all stakeholders in governance, which must be multi!

Access for non-developed countries.

Marginalization of the poor.

1 - That in developing countries access to the Internet is still seen as a luxury and not a priority as water access and electricity; 2 - That the policies of infrastructure construction are capable of supporting new applications should not be built because of the austerity programs in countries in the developed world; 3 - That the problems of local content are not subsidized in developing countries.

As governments of pyes developing ownership does this Internet and nuir al expension of the Internet.

Ceu a partive of the population mondivale rest.

The digital divide.

Rural areas are under-served. Reduced costs are too slow to come.

Combat illiteracy first.

The problems of energy are a major cause of the unavailability of Internet in poorer countries; also the lack of equipment and the cost of student access to the Internet in poorer countries limit the means of access to Internet.

My response is to look at my previous response.

My concern is the concentration of private actors, and Google [and others’] threat to privacy.

The introduction of the Internet depends on the backbones that are in place and resources that are deployed by data-processing specialists. We need equipment and terminals and knowledge to access the Internet.

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