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Monday, November 25 • 13:05 - 15:05
Pre-Event 32 - NETmundial+5: The Legacy and Implications for Future Internet Governance (EuroSSIG)

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William J. Drake, Euro-SSIG/Medienstadt Leipzig, CGI.br, DENIC.de, & the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society

Description:  In April 2014, representatives of governments and stakeholders from around the world gathered in São Paulo, Brazil to negotiate and adopt the NETmundial Multistakeholder Statement on global Internet governance. As the statement's Preamble explained, "This is the non-binding outcome of a bottom-up, open, and participatory process involving thousands of people from governments, private sector, civil society, technical community, and academia from around the world. The NETmundial conference was the first of its kind. It hopefully contributes to the evolution of the Internet governance ecosystem."

The statement had two main sections. The first was a list of Internet Governance Principles that enumerated human rights and shared values; set out procedural guidlines concerning the conduct of multistakeholder Internet governance; and highlighted other guiding objectives like promoting a unified and unfragmented Internet that retains an open and distributed architecture and is secure, stable and resilient. The second was a Roadmap for the Future Evolution of Internet Governance that covered a broad range of priorities for action, including strengthening the IGF, completing the IANA transition and advancing ICANN's globalization, promoting enhanced cooperation and multi-stakeholder mechanisms at the national and global levels, and improving communication and coordination among Internet governance processes. The Statement also took note of the need for further dialogue and cooperation in other issue-areas like law enforcement assistance and cyber security, mass and arbitrary surveillance, capacity building, the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, jurisdictional questions, benchmarking systems, and net neutrality.

Five years on, what has been achieved in terms of follow-up and implementation of the Statement's Principles and Roadmap? In which issue-areas they covered have we seen progress, stasis, or retrenchment, and why? What, if anything, could be done in the current geopolitical environment to advance cooperation on the Statement's unrealized objectives? Might any of the current initiatives being pursued in intergovernmental or multistakeholder settings help? Is there a role for the IGF in any such efforts, and could any aspects of the NETmundial process be instructive regarding the IGF's own performance? Does the NETmundial offer lessons and have normative relevance to emerging governance challenges, or should we just regard it merely as a one-off event of no lasting significance?

The purpose of this Day 0 session is to promote open and probing dialogue on these and related questions. The session will be structured as follows:

13:05-13:45 Roundtable Part I: The NETmundial Meeting and the Multistakeholder Statement 
13:45-14:00 Open discussion
14:00-14:45 Roundtable Part II: The Legacy and Implications for Future Internet Governance 
14:45-15:05 Open Discussion 

Organizers and co-moderators:

William J. Drake, the University of Zurich, academia/civil society, Switzerland
Wolfgang Kleinwachter, Euro-SSIG, academia/civil society, Germany

Roundtable participants:

1.  Carlos Afonso, Institute Nupef, civil society, Brazil 
2.  Fiona Alexander, The American University (formerly NTIA, US government), academia, USA
3.  Vint Cerf, Google, technical community/private sector, USA 
4.  Raúl Echeberría, Internet Governance specialist, former co-chair of Netmundial Executive Committee, technical community, Uruguay
5.  Anriette Esterhuysen, Association for Progressive Communications, civil society, South Africa
6.  Hartmut Glaser, CGI.Br, technical community, Brazil 
7.  Jeanette Hofmann, The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, academia, Germany 
8.  Nnenna Nwakanma, The World Wide Web Foundation, civil society, Côte d'Ivoire
9.  Christoph Steck, Telefonica, private sector, Spain 

Remote moderator: Mona Badran, Cairo University, Egypt

Session Organizers
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William Drake

International Fellow & Lecturer, University of Zurich
William J. Drake is an International Fellow and Lecturer in the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich. Previous work experience has included: Senior Associate at the Centre for International Governance at the Graduate Institute for International... Read More →

Monday November 25, 2019 13:05 - 15:05
Raum V Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin, Germany

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