WHY A NEW INITIATIVE?
The historic NETmundial meeting held in São Paulo, Brazil, in April 2014, provided a reference for governments, private sector, civil society, technical community and academia from around the world to address Internet governance challenges. Its concluding document contained a shared set of Principles and a Roadmap to guide the evolution of Internet cooperation and governance. Many parties to these historic discussions wish to carry forward the cooperative spirit forged in São Paulo and work together to apply the NETmundial Principles to address Internet issues in concrete ways.
WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE NETMUNDIAL INITIATIVE?
The mission of the Initiative 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.
WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF THE INITIATIVE’S ACTIVITIES?
Following a four month process that was carried out in consultation with the global Internet community, the Coordination Council of the NETmundial Initiative adopted the Terms of Reference at its inaugural meeting held in São Paulo, Brazil, on 30 June 2015. This document outlines the Initiative's scope of activities and can be found here.
HOW WILL THE INITIATIVE ACCOMPLISH ITS MISSION?
As a platform to facilitate practical cooperation, the Initiative will operate as a ‘bridge’ between interested parties who have concrete proposals and ideas and others who are willing to contribute with expertise, funding or other forms of contributions to achieve these stated proposals and ideas.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE INITIATIVE IN THE BROADER INTERNET GOVERNANCE ECOSYSTEM?
The Initiative will seek to complement and support the work of existing Internet governance dialogue and normative processes and institutions, notably the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The Initiative is not a policy-making body.
WHAT IS THE INITIATIVE’S INAUGURAL COORDINATION COUNCIL?
Members of the Council represent the various stakeholder groups that participated in São Paulo and who wish to carry forward the cooperative spirit forged there to address Internet issues in concrete ways.
HOW WERE COUNCIL MEMBERS SELECTED?
Nominations for the Council were voluntary, and the process was conducted in an open and transparent manner, with a series of dialogues and consultations taking place across all sectors of the global community. The Council’s composition reflects a broad and diverse representation of stakeholders from all sectors and geographies. A full list of Council members can be found here.
WHAT WILL THE COUNCIL DO?
The Council will facilitate global support for the Initiative by attracting ideas, individuals, organizations, and funding in order to enable interested parties to take voluntary actions on the platform. See the Initiative's governance and operational procedures for the Council's responsibilities. The Inaugural Council shall serve until 30 June 2016.
WHO ENABLES THE INITIATIVE?
The Initiative is supported by a Secretariat, which receives instructions from, and reports to, the Council Co-Chairs. (During the inaugural period, the Secretariat is funded and supported by The Brazilian Internet Steering Committee, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and the World Economic Forum).
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
All interested parties are encouraged to visit www.netmundial.org for the latest information on how to get involved.
I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, WHO DO I CONTACT?
For questions related to the NETmundial Initiative, please email the Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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