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At the margins of Internet governance: grassroots tech groups and communication policy

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This article examines grassroots tech groups as civil society media (CSM) actors marginalised in the communications policy debate. We aim to insert these key providers of information communication technology (ICT) infrastructure into discussions on enabling CSM policy agendas. The article maps their policy objectives, traces their connections to broader Internet governance mechanisms and explores their potential roles as policy stakeholders. We conclude that grassroots tech groups, while operating largely outside of the debate, offer unique perspectives and contributions to multi-stakeholder policy dialogue, challenging norms of inclusion and representation.

Keywords: Internet governance; Internet service providers; civil society; communication policy; grassroots tech groups; media activism; multi-stakeholderism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Central European University, Hungary. 2: European University Institute, Italy.

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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