In a TV interview broadcast on the BBC this week (September 15, 2014), ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé said fragmentation is the main risk to the Internet if governments are not more involved in Internet Governance.
“You will find that if the Internet is not working for those who are in power and they are unable to contribute to how it is run, we will see fragmentation of the Internet,” Chehadé warned.
“So if you are operating on the Internet, you may find that being able to render your services in one country becomes completely different from another country. That fragmentation takes away what made the Internet the massive engine of growth it is.”
“If we do not give answers to governments on how we can together ensure that we have an Internet that allows limitless and permissionless innovation, but also is secure… if we do not give governments a mechanism or a path to participate in the policy setting to do that… then this is a threat.”