30 June 2015
São Paulo, Brazil — The Coordination Council of the NETmundial Initiative, a diverse group of global Internet stakeholders, held its inaugural meeting on 30 June 2015 in São Paulo, Brazil. The event, webcast live and with remote participation enabled, provided an opportunity to take stock of activities and progress to date, adopt key documents and discuss next steps.
Following a four-month process that was carried out in consultation with the global Internet community, the Council formally adopted the Initiative's Terms of Reference (ToR). This cornerstone document recognizes the importance of carrying forward the cooperative spirit of the NETmundial São Paulo meeting of April 2014, the outcome of which provided a reference for governments, private sector, civil society, technical community and academia from around the world to address Internet governance challenges. It also outlines the rationale and commitment of the Initiative, as well as its activities, scope and role within the broader Internet governance ecosystem.
The Council acknowledged the importance of complementing and providing practical support for the work of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). It further expressed its support for the continuation of the IGF, as well as its commitment to collaborate with all stakeholders in order to work towards fulfilling the vision of the World Summit on the Information Society for “a people-centered, inclusive and development oriented information society post-2015.”
The ToR outlines the mission of the Initiative, which is “to provide a platform that helps catalyze practical cooperation between all stakeholders in order to address Internet issues and advance the implementation of the NETmundial Principles and Roadmap.”
The scope of the Initiative currently consists of six activities, ranging from furthering the implementation of the NETmundial Principles, to serving as an impartial clearinghouse, providing a collaboration platform, enabling communities of expertise, facilitating participation in Internet governance, and enabling capacity-development efforts. The scope further outlines that the Initiative is not a policy-setting body.
As a first step toward this goal, the Council will operationalize its proposed approach to facilitating project proposals presented through the NETmundial Collaboration Platform.
The Council adopted its governance and operational framework, which detail the role, responsibilities and working methods of the Council and its members. The Council agreed that these documents will be updated on a regular basis to reflect the input received from the broader community. These efforts will evolve in tandem with the needs of the global Internet community.
The following two activities of the Initiative were reviewed and endorsed at this inaugural meeting, namely:
A third proposed activity was presented and will be further discussed. This is the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee/CGI.br’s plan for enabling a space for sharing best practices on local multistakeholder Internet governance structures. This activity is intended to support capacity development efforts for developing-country communities, governments and underserved stakeholders.
The Council also elected five Co-Chairs through an open and transparent process, involving both voting and rough consensus approaches. The elected individuals are:
Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers;
Eileen Donahoe, Director of Global Affairs - Human Rights Watch;
Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group;
Marília Maciel, Center for Technology and Society - Rio de Janeiro Law School of the Getulio Vargas Foundation.
The group acknowledged that the inaugural year, which will end in June 2016, will mark an important phase in the development of the Initiative, with the goal of fostering inclusive, effective and innovative engagement and participation throughout all activities. During the inaugural period, the Initiative will be supported and funded by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and the World Economic Forum.
The Council has asked the Co-Chairs to examine the most suitable dates and venues for its next meetings.
We seek the input and involvement of the global Internet community to work with us in moving the Initiative forward.
Jean-François Abramatic, Senior Scientist, Inria France (participated remotely).
Pablo Bello Arellano, Secretary General, Association of Latin American Telecom Operators.
João Carlos Caribé, Policy Manager, Movimento Mega - Counselor Civil Society/LAC.
Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
Eileen Donahoe, Director of Global Affairs - Human Rights Watch.
William Drake, International Fellow and Lecturer in the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich (participated remotely).
Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive Director, Association for Progressive Communications.
H.E. Mr. LU Wei, Minister of Cyberspace Administration of the People's Republic of China.
Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group.
Marília Maciel. Center for Technology and Society - Rio de Janeiro Law School of the Getulio Vargas Foundation.
Akinori MAEMURA, General Manager, Internet Development Department, Japan Network Information Center (JPNIC).
Andile Ngcaba, Chairman and Founder, Convergence Partners.
Ian Peter, Technology and Policy Strategist; Participating in Personal Capacity.
Dr. Jim Poisant, Secretary General, The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA).
Nii Quaynor, Professor of Computer Science, University of Cape-Coast, Ghana.
Richard Samans, Head of the Centre for the Global Agenda, Member of the Managing Board, World Economic Forum.
Christoph Steck, Director Public Policy & Internet, Telefonica.
Jean-Jacques Subrenat, European Regional At-Large Organization.
COUNCIL MEMBERS’ REPRESENTATIVES
Carlos Alberto Afonso, the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee; Representing Virgílio Almeida, Secretary for Information Technology Policy of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil and chair of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee.
Juan Pablo Altmark, Data Privacy Specialist; Representing Juan Cruz Gonzalez Allonca, National Director for Personal Data Protection, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Argentina (participated remotely).
Hartmut Glaser, Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee; Representing Virgílio Almeida, Secretary for Information Technology Policy of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil and chair of the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee.
Manal Ismail, Executive Director for International Technical Coordination at the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) of Egypt; Representing Khaled Negm, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt (participated remotely).
Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Advisor, European Commission; Representing Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market.
Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, U.S. Department of Commerce; Representing U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.
Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Special Ambassador of the NETmundial Initiative.
Janis Karklins, Chair, Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group, Internet Governance Forum.
Cristiana Gonzalez, Project Coordinator, Local Actions for Internet Rights (APC-LASIR).
Javier Pallero, Policy Analyst, Access Now.
Patrick Penninckx, Head of the Information Society Department, Directorate General of Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Council of Europe.
Bruno Ramos, Regional Director for the Americas, ITU.
Thiago Tavares, Chairman of Safernet and member of the Board of CGI.br.
Percival Henriques, Chairman of the Brazilian National Association for Digital Inclusion (ANID) and member of the Board of CGI.br.
Jandyr Ferreira dos Santos Jr., Head of the Information Society Division of the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil.
NOTE: Over 80 community members participated remotely.
About the NETmundial Initiative
The NETmundial Initiative will provide a platform that helps catalyze practical cooperation between all stakeholders in order to address Internet issues and advance the implementation of the NETmundial Principles and Roadmap. See more at: www.netmundial.org