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  • joly 12:31 am on 11/17/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    @InternetSociety Statement on the #NETmundial Initiative 

    Internet Society Yesterday, November 16 2014. following its meeting in Honolulu, the Internet Society’s Board of Trustees issued the following statement:

    Recently, the “I* Group”[1] was invited to participate in the NETmundial Initiative, which is different from the one-time NETmundial meeting in which we participated in April 2014; we endorsed the outcomes of that meeting. This new and different NETmundial Initiative has been organized by the partnership of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the World Economic Forum (WEF)[2]. This announcement has resulted in considerable discussion and concern amongst various stakeholders regarding the purpose, scope, and nature of the proposed activity or organization.

    The Internet Society Board discussed this proposed NETmundial Initiative in depth during its meeting November 15 – 16, 2014. As a result, the Internet Society Board first emphasizes that the main priority facing the Internet community right now is the IANA Functions’ Stewardship Transition and recommends that all organizations in the Internet community should be highly focused on effectuating a successful transition. The Internet Society remains fully committed to the September 2015 milestone set for completing a plan that will meet the criteria set by U.S. National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA).

    With respect to the need for new groups, such as the NETmundial Initiative and its Coordination Council, the Internet Society Board reiterates that the Internet Society’s longstanding position is that there is no single, global platform that can serve to coordinate, organize or govern all the Internet issues that may arise. At its heart, the Internet is a decentralized, loosely coupled, distributed system that allows policies to be defined by those who require them for their operations and that ensures that issues can be resolved at a level closest to their origin. The ecosystem draws its strength from the involvement of a broad range of actors working through open, transparent, and collaborative processes to innovate and build the network of networks that is the cornerstone of the global economy.[3] Based on the information that we have to date, the Internet Society cannot agree to participate in or endorse the Coordination Council for the NETmundial Initiative. We are concerned that the way in which the NETmundial Initiative is being formed does not appear to be consistent with the Internet Society’s longstanding principles, including:

    • Bottom-up orientation
    • Decentralized
    • Open
    • Transparent
    • Accountable
    • Multi-stakeholder

    The Board has asked the Internet Society’s CEO, Kathryn Brown, to convene a dialogue within the Internet Society community. This includes Internet Society Chapters from around the world, Internet Society organization members, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), partners from the Internet technical community, and others. The dialogue should consider whether any new initiatives or groups are needed at the current time and, if so, to define the objectives for any such effort.

    In addition, Bob Hinden, Chairman of the Internet Society Board of Trustees has initiated a dialogue with the Chairman of the ICANN Board, given ICANN’s leading involvement in the NETmundial Initiative.

    The Internet Society remains committed to a vision of the Internet that is open, inclusive, decentralized and for the benefit of all people throughout the world.

    [1] The I* Group encompasses the Internet Society, IETF, IAB, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), ICANN, and the regional Top Level Domain (TLD) organizations.
    [2] https://www.netmundial.org/press-release-1
    [3] The Internet Society’s position from the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) of 2003 and 2005, is “Many issues cannot be solved by new, overarching structures at a global level but rather by building on today’s open, multi-stakeholder and cooperative processes.” And that the community should “…consider whether new structures will bring truly measurable, positive change to the functioning, stability, security and openness of the Internet.” (http://www.internetsociety.org/wsis).

  • joly 1:05 pm on 10/22/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST TODAY: Internet #Governance On The Move @ISOCUKEngland #IG #netmundial #ICANN #IANA #WSIS 

    IG on the moveToday Wednesday October 22 2014 the Internet Society UK England Chapter (ISOC-E) in association with International Institute of Communications UK Chapter (IIC UK) and the London School of Economics Media Policy Project present Internet Governance on the move: from ‘NetMundial’ to the US Government IANA oversight transition, the year of institutional evolution. A distinguished panel will discuss the IANA transition, the current ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, and the 2015 review of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), examining questions such as: What will the map of Internet Governance look like in a couple of years’ time? Where and how will global issues of Internet policy be discussed, from new domain names to net neutrality and other online freedoms? What is ‘the global multi-stakeholder community’? How should it oversee the basic governance structures for the Internet? What is the UK’s role and place in this evolution? Panel: Sarah Taylor, Deputy Director, Creative Economy, Internet, International, DCMS; Martin Boyle, Nominet and Member of the International Coordination Group for the transition of the IANA oversight; Andrew Puddephat, Global Partners Digital and European Council of Foreign Relations; Malcolm Hutty, Head of Public Affairs, London Internet Exchange (LINX). Moderator: Professor Robin Mansell of the LSE. Remote participation is available via webex. The event will be webcast live on the Internet Society Livestream Channel.

    What: Internet Governance on the move: from ‘NetMundial’ to the US Government IANA oversight transition, the year of institutional evolution
    Where: London School of Economics and Political Science
    When: Wednesday October 22 2014 6pm-8pm BST | 1700-1900 UTC | 1300-1500 EDT
    Webcast: https://new.livestream.com/internetsociety/IGonthemove
    Webex: https://isoc.webex.com/isoc/e.php?MTID=m97a3c59163ac8bdd2a649d8e7513cc1d
    Twitter: #isocukengland

  • joly 5:46 pm on 08/29/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Message from @InternetSociety President Kathy Brown #netmundial #igf 

    Kathy Brown

    To my ISOC Colleagues,

    I am writing as I fly to Istanbul with much anticipation for a week of important work. I understand that more than 3000 people have registered for the IGF. This past year, as a diverse Internet community, we have given much thought and energy on how to best “govern” ourselves. In Istanbul, we will have an opportunity, with our colleagues from around the world, to, once again, demonstrate the power of collective collaboration and action. As we know, collaboration is essential to ensure the future of the Internet. If decisions related to the Internet and its future are not in the hands of the many, they will only be in the hands of the few. I will post some further thoughts this weekend on IGF before the panels, workshops, lunches and dinners begin.

    I wanted, however, to take a few moments before we land to report back on my observations of the WEF event yesterday.

    I applaud the leadership of the World Economic Forum for highlighting and recognizing the enormity of the effect of the Internet on the global economy and the benefits and challenges inherent in its adoption in much of the world. It is, of course, entirely legitimate that it seeks to understand and participate in the debate on internet governance. When given the opportunity to comment during the morning session, I urged that its thinking about governance include as its central tenet the continuing investment, innovation and access to the Internet to and for everyone, particularly for those who do not yet have access and for the “unborn innovator”.

    Many of us in and around the Internet Society–on Staff, on the Board, in our organizational members and Chapters, in the IETF and the IAB have been deeply committed and involved in working with our extended communities to address the threats to the Internet as well as to develop, manage and deploy the ever-evolving technology of the Internet throughout the world. We revel in inventing the future. Together, we have adopted a bottom up culture and method of decision making around numerous, local and global, technical, social and legal issues that arise in the decentralized, distributed ecosystem which is the Internet.

    We were delighted with the cooperative spirit in Brazil at Net Mundial as well as our collective ability to reach rough consensus on the principles that should govern our governing. Olaf Kolkman, ISOC’s new CITO, enthusiastically said, lets tack these principles on the door and, for all who are ready to embrace them, come on in.

    Many of us are busy implementing features of the NetMundial roadmap. ISOC has developed toolkits for spam and IXPs; our regional offices hold INETs throughout the world to demonstrate and teach technical skills; our Leadership program creates and administers online courses and sponsors leadership seminars, ambassadorships and internships; we take active leadership in policy development for governance issues; and our staff has worked tirelessly to introduce best practices workshops to the IGF, while our Chapters have actively supported Regional and National IGFs around the Globe. The Internet Society is a party to the NTIA Transition Coordinating Committee. Our representatives and Chapters are intimately involved in the ICANN accountability dialogue. We believe that we are well along the Internet Governance journey.

    We welcome any and all people and groups of good will to work with us and the broader Internet Community in a multi-stakeholder effort to deepen and broaden this effort. We certainly invite WEF to get acquainted with our collective work that is serious and ongoing. I heard some intention to do that.

    I was disturbed, however, as others have expressed, with the opaque way the meeting came about; about what seemed to be established agendas; talk of some new single entity and top down models that purport to represent organic community processes that could be hobbled by definitions and artificial role expectations.

    I frankly do not know enough to know whether my concerns are justified. I look forward to hearing more from WEF, and perhaps, from the ICANN leadership, this week, about the initiative. I hope, too, that the folks at WEF who are coming to the IGF soak up the energy, creativity, work and sweat of the community that will gather this week. A constructive dialogue and the collaborative spirit of NetMundial may just cause us to join forces for the good of the Internet and the good of the world.

    So, on to Istanbul. We have work to do.


  • joly 6:04 am on 08/28/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST TODAY: #NETmundial Initiative Initial Scoping Meeting @WEF in Geneva 

    WEF NetmundialAs a followup the NetMundial meeting in Brazil in April 2014 the World Economic Forum has initiated the NETmundial Initiative
    for Internet Governance Cooperation & Development
    . Today Thursday 28 August 2014 they are holding the Initial Scoping Meeting in Geneva with leaders from government, business, civil society and academia. Participants include Kathryn Brown of the Internet Society, Fadi Chehadé of ICANN, Tim Berners Lee of WWWF, Hamadoun Touré of the ITU, and Lawrence Strickling of the NTIA. It is being webcast live the WEF Livestream Channel.

    What: NETmundial Initiative Initial Scoping Meeting
    Where: Geneva Switzerland
    When: Thursday 28 August 2014 0900-1800 CEST | 0700-1600 UTC
    Agenda: http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_3NETmundialInitiativeLaunchAgenda.pdf
    Webcast: http://new.livestream.com/wef/events/3320009
    Twitter: #netmundial

  • joly 9:42 am on 04/23/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    WEBCAST: #NETmundial2014 underway in Sao Paulo, Brazil #icann #igf #iana #governance 

    NetmundialToday April 23 2014 and tomorrow April 24 2014 the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance aka NETmundial is taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The meeting will focus on crafting Internet governance principles and proposing a roadmap for the further evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem. Draft outcome documents are posted at http://document.netmundial.br/ A live webcast is available below. A multilingual version is also available.

    Wednesday Morning session:

    View on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KemK8YbHrI

    Wednesday Afternoon session:

    View on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUxDb5RY3Cg

    Thursday Morning session:

    View on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LN1Kt5umwwQ

    Thursday Afternoon session:

    View on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2DAvj5M60k


    Twitter: #netmundial2014

  • joly 4:28 pm on 04/22/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    @InternetSociety Observations on the Upcoming #NETmundial Meeting #governance #igf 

    ISOC[From Internet Society CEO/President Kathy Brown]

    This week, the world’s eyes will turn to Brazil, host of the NETmundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance. This meeting is an important opportunity to continue discussions on key Internet governance principles and a roadmap for future action.

    We are in the midst of a very busy global policy dialogue on Internet governance and, as the discussion grows, it is more important than ever to be clear about what is meant by the phrase “Internet governance.” This is a discussion that has its origins in the 2003-2005 UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and that has, in the years since, evolved as dynamically as the Internet itself. This year is a particularly busy one for those of us who are focused on these issues – an inflection point that could shape the future of the Internet and its governance.

    As we look forward to NETmundial, it is important that we consider the broader context: Internet governance is not about the role of any one stakeholder group (governments, technical organizations, private enterprise, civil society, etc.) but is rather about how we all work together to tackle the challenges that emerge in the context of the Internet. Whether the issues are related to ensuring the robustness and resiliency of Internet security and privacy, advancing the deployment and development of core Internet infrastructure, or any number of other concrete challenges, we need to come together to address issues in ways that do not undermine the fundamental design principles of the Internet. Too much focus on static definitions of the roles and responsibilities of any one stakeholder group could distract our attention from achieving the overall balance that is needed for any successful governance system.

    We recognize that this meeting has had a fast-paced preparatory process and that the organizers have made important efforts to enable global, multistakeholder participation. In many ways, this innovative process offers a test case for the longer process of achieving real stakeholder engagement and participation. As with any new event of this kind, there are important lessons from NETmundial that should be learned in terms of transparency, meaningful participation of all stakeholders, and true consensus-building.

    In preparation for the meeting, NETmundial organizers held an open call for content contributions to create an outcome document to guide the discussions. To support the process, the Internet Society submitted a number of comments and worked closely with the Internet Technical Community on a contribution that outlines a set of principles that have promoted the development of the Internet since its inception. In this regard, we are pleased that the concepts of openness and transparency of Internet policy and technical development processes are reflected in the draft outcome document. At the same time, however, we believe that important improvements to the outcome document are needed in order to achieve clarity of scope and to ensure that NETmundial positively contributes to the ongoing Internet governance dialogue.


    • The document would benefit from a clarification on the scope of “Internet governance.” Grounding this text in the WSIS Tunis Agenda, particularly in reference to the definition of Internet governance (Tunis Agenda, paragraph 34), is important. In the absence of such clarification, the intent of the document is unclear and there is a persistent confusion throughout the sections between the governance of public policy issues and the technical development processes of the Internet.
    • The multistakeholder model of Internet governance should advance the public interest, support the openness of the Internet, and enable the free flow of information. It respects the responsibilities of diverse stakeholders and is based on open processes which require participants to inform themselves to appropriately engage in the discussion. Those concepts should be reintroduced into the text.
    • The concepts of openness, meaningful participation, transparency, accountability, and inclusiveness are critical for Internet governance as well as for the continued technical development and deployment of a global, interoperable Internet. It is important, however, to recognize the diversity of processes within the current Internet governance ecosystem and that the mechanisms for honoring these principles may differ among organizations.

    The references to strengthening the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) are very helpful and positive. The IGF is an indispensable element of the ecosystem that can address existing questions and identify emerging issues, while coordinating dialogues at international, regional, and local levels. We need to fully take the work of these groups into account, recognize the progress made, and learn from the collective multistakeholder dialogue that groups like the IGF have fostered. As such, this document should focus on the need to strengthen and improve existing Internet governance arrangements rather than calling for the creation of new and possibly duplicative ones. Efforts devoted to developing new mechanisms would take valuable expertise and resources away from strengthening existing arrangements like the IGF and could, ultimately, be counterproductive.

    The result of the discussions at the NETmundial meeting will provide an important contribution to the broader Internet governance dialogue. The work accomplished in Sao Paulo must help inform the review of the WSIS and the work of the IGF in Istanbul. This is a time for critical reflection and action and the discussions in Brazil will provide significant input to this process; but, these are not the only inputs.

    As we all continue to put the various pieces together, we must remember how the Internet has transformed societies and has empowered people all around the world. We must remember how multistakeholder governance has allowed a diversity of actors to come together, and to exchange and share ideas that have contributed to the evolution of the Internet. And, we must continue to encourage an inclusive exchange of knowledge and know-how.

    We look forward to listening to the questions, concerns, and ideas of all stakeholders over the course of NETmundial and to working collaboratively towards workable solutions.   For more information see our NETmundial page.

  • joly 1:15 pm on 04/17/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: @InternetSociety Internet #Governance update and discussion webinar #netmundial #igf 

    Internet_SocietyOn Thursday 17 Aprilthe Internet Society held a webinar on Internet Governance. As we are moving ahead into the year with major conferences that will shape the future of Internet governance, the intent was to prepare for NETmundial, share post-WTDC insights and exchange on WSIS+10 as well as IGF issues. With a large portion of the time allocated to dialogue, the agenda was structured with a view to maximizing interactions between all Members and staff. A video recording is below.

    View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/N4PhhVVHqN8
    Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/Bl52jgLMmJIw/
    00:00 Markus Kummer
    01:51 Daniel Fink
    26:51 Akinori Maemura
    38:22 Nick Ashton-Hart
    42:26 Evan Leibovitch
    46:34 Christopher Wilkinson
    48:34 Sally Wentworth
    52:20 Constance Bommelaer
    58:43 Raquel Gatto

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