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Let's compare those ideals to the way in which the IGF has actually been structured in its early days. It has been established not through consensual or democratic means but by the self-appointed authority of the United Nations. Accordingly it has been treated more like a closed intergovernmental organisation than an open governance network.

Although an open call for nominations for the Advisory Council was made, candidates were also approached privately, their merit was assessed behind closed doors against criteria that were not made public, and they have conducted their discussions on a closed mailing list without public archives and away from public scrutiny.

Then there is the format of the first meeting, which has been organised as if it were a United Nations conference. There is no formal structure in which for collaboration amongst stakeholders to take place; and there needs to be, because it does not “just happen”. Additionally, mechanisms to facilitate online participation have been tacked on as an afterthought, rather than being integrated into the organisation's structure, as for example in the case of the mailing lists of the IETF.