Does who signs the IGF invitation mean a change in priority? That the invitation to IGF 2008 was signed by the USG-DESA does not reflect more than a change in protocol and may reflect a greater institutional commitment by the UN to Internet governance issues.
The second Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro continued the slow but steady movement to clarify the critical Internet governance issues. The Forum discussed, for the first time, the initial issue that prompted the international focus on Internet governance, critical Internet resources. It also explored the other clusters that had been identified: openness, diversity, access and security and further refined these. But the main result, not as well noticed, is a growing recognition that the key issues have less to do with the clusters than with where they overlap and conflict.
Steve Jobs has made a proposal that is worthy of discussion in Internet governance circles.