CIGI report examines shifting diplomatic coalitions in Internet governance debate

8th May 2014 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)WATERLOO, Canada, May 6, 2014:  A new report from the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) identifies a much larger group of potential swing states, whose behavior will influence the future of Internet governance and international relations more broadly.

In Tipping the Scale: An Analysis of Global Swing States in the Internet Governance Debate, Tim Maurer and Robert Morgus define a swing state in foreign policy as a state whose mixed political orientation gives it a greater impact than its population or economic output might warrant and that has the resources that enable it to decisively influence the trajectory of an international process.

The authors explain how, following the December 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai, much of the debate over Internet governance centred on predefined groups of countries such as India, Brazil and South Africa (or the IBSA group).

But, citing new data  including the countries respective voting records at the WCIT and various memberships  they identify a new group of 30 potential swing states that includes Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey, Ghana and Malaysia.

“Their behaviour will shape what norms and institutions will govern various aspects of international relations in the future, including the Internet,” Maurer and Morgus write.

A free downloadable PDF copy of Tipping the Scale: An Analysis of Global Swing States in the Internet Governance Debate is available at

The paper is the latest in the Internet Governance Papers series, part of CIGI’s global security project “Organized Chaos: Reimagining the Internet.”

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