Internet governance

Internet Governance includes the application of shared principles, standards, rules, decision-making and operational procedures that outline how governments, private sector and civil society have changed the way they use internet.

Internet Governance is a multidisciplinary subject that deals with issues related to the development of technological infrastructures and protocols, as well as with problems concerning the use and development of web-conveyed applications in order to preserve Internet as an "open" network for "development and innovation”.

Internet Governance includes the following areas:

  • Infrastructures and Standardisation (telecommunications infrastructures, technical standards, network neutrality, Internet of things/IoT, web standards, IP addresses, domain name systems, root zones, cloud computing)

  • Security (cybersecurity, cybercrime, critical infrastructures, online child safety, encryption, spam, digital signatures)

  • Human rights (freedom of expression, privacy and data protection, rights of persons with disabilities)

  • Legal issues (arbitration, copyright, trademarks, labour law)

  • Economic issues (e-commerce, e-money and virtual currencies, consumer protection, taxation)

  • Development (access, digital divide, capacity building)

  • Socio-cultural issues (content policies, cultural diversity, multilingualism, online education)

AgID supports the Commissioner for the Digital Agenda in his work. Furthermore, the Agency cooperates with the Ministry of Economic Development and with the Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, both designated to represent Italy in the ICANN GAC and in international working groups.