Internet Governance LO11282

Jamie Murphy (
Thu, 5 Dec 1996 06:58:51 -0500

Vigdor Schreibman, Rol Fessenden, William J Hobler Jr., and Ben Compton
recently addressed the past and future development of the Internet. These
posts are quite important for several reasons.

1) Most importantly, the Internet's future development and 'governance' is
currently being openly debated and decided. The recent formation of an
eleven member International Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC), while extremely
important, seems to have been missed by most of the media. The alphabet
soup of acronyms for the involved organizations is confusing.

Regardless, I strongly urge all interested parties to visit the IAHC site
( for a better picture of this current decision making
process and body. Your Internet's future depends on your input. The
decisions and paths taken by the IAHC would greatly benefit from your

2) The development of the Internet itself, is a phenomenal example of many
learning organization principles. The Internet communiy's organizations,
especially the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and its philosophy
of "rough consensus" is a case study in a LO's potential, shared vision,
shared values, community and team building.

3) A better understanding of the Internet's development and governance
would address Ben Compton's spot on question (LO11254), "Could we use the
way the Internet is designed to build a Learning Org?"

The more I study the Internet, the more I become convinced that as a tool,
the Internet provides untold leverage for the Learning Organization.

Once again, I strongly beseech you to visit the IAHC web-site, actively
voice your opinions concerning the Internet's future, and, profit from the
Internet's history as a learning organization case study.

jamie murphy


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