2014 has started out as a hectic year in Internet Governance and this blog owes its readers a few reports. One of the biggest events of this year is going to occur next week in São Paulo, NetMundial: Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance. Preparations for this meeting have been nearly all consuming in the Internet governance community.
The NetMundial grew out of a critical speech given by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff before the UN General Assembly discussing the state of the Internet in the wake of the Snowden revelations on NSA spying. In response to this speech, the leaders of the organizations involved in creating and maintaining the Internet infrastructure, protocols and policies called the I* (pronounced I-star) released the Montevideo declaration. Together the I*, especially ICANN, and the Brazilian government put together this upcoming milestone conference
The process was begun with a call for contributions from all global stakeholders. 188 contributions were received, including 4 from dotgay LLC VP Policy and Governance. These were synthesized into draft of 2 outcome documents: one on “Internet governance principles” and one on “Roadmap for the future evolution of the Internet governance Ecosystem“
The organizers of NetMundial are eager for people to comment. In order to comment one only has to go to the site. The platform provided by CGI.br, the co-organizers of the NetMundial, allows for anyone to comment on these documents, paragraph by paragraph, or on the overall document. It is easy to do.
Stakeholders from around the world are inputting comments at http://document.netmundial.br and I would heartily encourage the readers of this blog to take a few moments to read the proposed outcome documents (they are short) and insert a comment or two if you feel the urge. No login required, though they do ask for your name – verification not required.
The plan is for the meeting in Brazil to finalize the documents with multistakeholder consensus. While physical attendance at the meetings was limited by the size of the venue, the meeting design includes extensive remote participation opportunities. While there will be hubs where groups can meet to attend the meeting, it will also be possible for anyone to participate from their homes or offices (information to be provided once available).
The hashtag for the meeting (already active) is #netmundial2014
More Information to follow.