High-Level Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms Convenes in London

Monday, December 16, 2013

LONDON, Dec. 13, 2013– The Panel on Global Internet Cooperation and Governance Mechanisms—a diverse group of global stakeholders from government, civil society, the private sector, the technical community and international organizations—held their first meeting in London to discuss global Internet cooperation and governance mechanisms. The Panel expressed strong support for a multistakeholder approach to the future of Internet governance. The conversations held at the London meeting were facilitated by a team of Internet governance experts. The discussion will be taken online in the coming days at 1Net.org.

“The world relies on the Internet for economic, social, and political progress. It is imperative to ensure emerging issues are properly addressed in a global context, without individual governments or intergovernmental organizations developing their own solutions,” said Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and chair of the Panel.

“The success of the Internet is rooted in a distributed and bottom-up model, with openness and collaboration at its core,” said Vint Cerf, vice-chair of the Panel. “The inaugural meeting of the Panel brought together a diverse set of perspectives on the future of the Internet, and through this diversity I’m confident we can chart a course to protect the core of the current ecosystem, while evolving its methods, accessibility, and universality to meet the opportunities and challenges of the future.”

In keeping with its mission, the first meeting of the Panel addressed desirable properties for global Internet cooperation, administration and governance. The Panel will conduct two additional meetings in the coming months. The next meeting, scheduled for late February 2014 in Rancho Mirage, California, will be hosted by The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. Sunnylands is partnering with the Panel in its substantive work. Following this meeting, a high-level draft report will then be released for open consultation. A final meeting will be hosted by the World Economic Forum in May 2014 in Dubai. During this meeting, the Panel will consider community feedback and discussions at forums including the Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance in Brazil and the Freedom Online Coalition’s conference in Tallinn, Estonia. A high-level report will be published at the conclusion of the May meeting, and is expected to cover the following areas:

• A brief overview of the current Internet governance ecosystem
• Opportunities and challenges facing the current ecosystem
• Desirable ecosystem properties including:
• Ecosystem legitimacy
• Effective and inclusive multi-interest and consensus-based system
• Ensuring global participation including from the developing world
• Co-existence with other governance systems (national and multi-lateral) ensuring a stable system that is not prone to attack, mismanagement, and manipulation
• Panel members are working in their personal capacity. Members consist of:
• Mohamed Al Ghanim, Founder and Director General of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority; former Vice-Chair, UAE Information and Communications Technology Fund; Chairman of WCIT-12
• Virgilio Fernandes Almeida, Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences; Chair of Internet Steering Committee; National Secretary for Information Technology Policies
• Dorothy Attwood, Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy, Walt Disney Company
• Mitchell Baker, Chair, Mozilla Foundation; Chair and former CEO, Mozilla Corporation
• Francesco Caio, CEO of Avio; former CEO, Cable and Wireless and Vodafone Italia; Founder of Netscalibur; broadband advisor in UK and Italy; Government Commissioner for Digital Agenda
• Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google; former Chairman, ICANN; Co-Founder of the Internet Society
• Fadi Chehade, CEO and President of ICANN; Founder of Rosetta Net; technology executive
• Nitin Desai, Indian economist and diplomat; former UN Undersecretary General; convener of Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG)
• Byron Holland, President and CEO of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority
• Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia; former diplomat and journalist; former Minister of Foreign Affairs; former Member of the European Parliament
• Ivo Ivanovski, Minister of Information Society and Administration, Macedonia; Commissioner to the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development
• Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe; former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Norway
• Omobola Johnson, Minister of Communication Technology of Nigeria
• Olaf Kolkman, Director of NLnet Labs; “Evangineer” of the Open Internet; former Chair of the Internet Architecture Board
• Frank La Rue, labor and human rights lawyer; UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression; Founder, Center for Legal Action for Human Rights (CALDH)
• Robert M. McDowell, former U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner; Visiting Fellow, Hudson Institute’s Center for Economics of the Internet
• Andile Ngcaba, Chairman and Founder, Convergence Partners; Executive Chairman, Dimension Data Middle East and Africa; former South African Government Director General of Communications
• Liu Qingfeng, CEO and President of iFLYTEK; Director of National Speech & Language Engineering Laboratory
• Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society; telecoms and IT executive
• Jimmy Wales, Founder and Promoter of Wikipedia; Member of the Board of Trustees of Wikimedia Foundation
• Won-Pyo Hong, President, Media Solution Center, Samsung Electronics