The final round of preparations for the World Summit on the Information Society has begun in Tunis
The closer the 2. As the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) got underway, the media debate over Internet governance became more controversial. "Wall Street Journal" and "New York Times" put the topic on their front pages. The former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt criticized in the "International Herald Tribune" the EU for a diplomatic blunder. EU Commissioner Vivien Reding renewed European reservations about unilateral U.S. control. U.S. Senator Coleman raised the specter of the UN taking over the Internet. And Kofi Annan, for his part, wrote in the "Washington Post", that the UN does not want to take over the Internet, but that a majority of states would like to see the existing system develop further. The question of who should govern the Internet of the future and how heated tempers flared to such an extent that the sparks flew even between Brussels and Washington. During his visit to the White House, U.S. President Bush asked Barroso, President of the EU Commission, how the U.S. would react to the EU’s proposal for a "new model of cooperation" for the Internet, and whether this is not an indirect invitation for "Rogue states", Censor the Internet.
When at noon on Sunday the 2.000 negotiators in the confined space "Sidi Bou Said" met for the first time at the Tunis Crane Center for the end-game of negotiations, it seemed at first that the soup would not be eaten as thick as it had been cooked on both sides of the Atlantic in recent weeks. Relatively quickly, agreement was reached on key principles for future Internet management, such as the principle of multistakeholderism, openness to innovation, market orientation, security and stability, freedom and human rights, and so on. And by the time midnight rolled around, it also almost looked as if some kind of horse-trading could take place: If the rest of the world refrained from demanding a new oversight regime for the management of the Internet’s core resources, the Americans could agree to the idea of creating a new global Internet forum.