***UNCHECKED*** Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance

IAB Chair <iab-chair@iab.org> Mon, 18 November 2013 18:20 UTC

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I want to make sure the IETF community is aware of the upcoming Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance in Brazil, especially the need for some volunteers from the technical community.  It is clear that the tight timelines for this meeting will require expedient processes. The time constraints are not ideal from a planning perspective, despite that situation, it is better for us to contribute to the /1net initiative (see http://www.1net.org/content/en) to ensure appropriate representation from the technical community.

 If you are interested in volunteering for one of the committees, please join the /1net web site and send email to cel@afrinic.net.

Thank you,
  Russ Housley
  IAB Chair


==================== Information gathered from the meeting ==========================

Name: Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance

Date/Location: Sao Paolo, Brazil on 23-24 April 2014. 

Brazil is forming a global multistakeholder steering committee to organize the event.  The committee will include representatives from the Brazilian CGI, the Brazilian government, and people involved in the global dialog on the evolution of multistakeholder Internet governance (note that the 1net.org web site is being started to allow global collaboration across the  technical, academic, civil society, and business communities).

Purpose. The meeting will aim to produce universal Internet principles and an institutional framework for multistakeholder Internet governance. The framework will include a roadmap to evolve and globalize current institutions, and new mechanisms to address the emerging internet governance topics.  The conference will not include any discussion or activity to create solutions for specific topics such as security, privacy, surveillance, etc.  

- Success is a final joint declaration of Internet principles and an institutional framework for multistakeholder Internet governance. The declaration should aim to be concrete/practical, linked to prior/current Internet governance initiatives, and hopefully include some next steps. 

- The conference is not intended to discuss or engage in creating solutions for specific topics such as security, privacy, surveillance, etc.

- Any party/stakeholder may submit proposals to the conference. Proposed deadline for submittal of proposals is set as 1 March 2014, giving a 60 day period for community consultation and proposal consolidation prior to the conference in April 2014. 

- One of several input sources to this conference will be the high-level panel that ICANN will introduced in partnership with The University of Southern California / Annenberg Foundation and the World Economic Forum. See http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/high-level-panel-organizes-to-address-future-of-internet-governance-232274461.html

Planning & Organisation: 4 committees will be formed to help ensure the success of the meeting. The four committees will be supported by a common secretariat to manage the work of the committees.

++ Committee No.1: Multistakeholder High-Level Committee. This is the committee that will set the high-level political tone and objectives of the conference.  Committee members will engage on a global level with stakeholders to encourage participation in the conference and maximize its chances of success.  This committee will include 8 high level governmental representatives (ministerial level), and 8 senior executives from the Internet community, including 2 from industry, 2 from civil society, 2 from technical organizations, 1from academia, and 1 from non-governmental organizations. 

++ Committee No.2: Council of Governmental advisors. Participation in this committee will be managed by Ambassador Benedicto to include any other governmental representatives who wish to provide input and advice to Committee No.1.

++ Committee No.3: Multistakeholder Executive Committee. This committee owns the full responsibility of organizing the event, including defining conference agenda, managing invitations, organizing input received by 1 March 2014 into a coherent set of proposals for the conferees to address, managing conference proceedings and process, and directing all conference
 communications activities.  This committee will include 6 governmental representatives and 6 community representatives selected by the emerging /1net coordination committee, including 2 from industry/business, 2 from civil society, and 2 from technical organizations.

++ Committee No.4: Logistics/Organizing Committee. This is the team that will oversee meeting management, venue, translation, activities, travel visa support, etc. This committee will be staffed and managed by CGI (pending approval at their meeting on 25 November 2013). The global community may be asked for support as needed.

Finances. Brazil offered to cover all meeting expenses.  Thank you Brazil!  However, the /1net community may organize an independent effort to assist people from developing countries who may need financial support to attend the meeting. 

Launch. The conference global launch will be at a press conference to held in Sao Paolo at the CGI office on the morning of Tuesday, 26 November 2013. The press conference will include members of the Brazilian community (government and CGI),  Some people from the /1net community may be present to demonstrate global representation.