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Influencing the Internet: Democratizing the Politics that Shape Internet Governance Norms and Standards

Research from this new white paper by the National Democratic Institute has found there is a lack of meaningful participation or oversight in the sociotechnical infrastructure of the internet from civil society, journalists and democratically elected political actors. The voices heard in internet policy and regulatory spaces are not geographically diverse, with inadequate representation from outside of North America, Europe and China. Even among high-income countries, women of all backgrounds, as well as people with disabilities and those who do not speak English fluently, face challenges in participating in internet governance fora.