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Governance is the act of managing those aspects of a society which do not manage themselves, often called "running a government". This typically includes functions such as defense from invasion, crime prevention, healthcare, dispute resolution, and disaster relief, among others.

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The word government can refer to either or both of the following:

  • a set of rules for governance
  • the individuals currently charged with carrying out those rules

Internet governance is the idea of using the internet as a primary venue for running a government..