Note: This document will be updated on a regular basis to reflect the input received from the broader community.
The NETmundial Initiative (“Initiative”) will provide a platform for collaboration, cooperation and solicitation of Internet governance project proposals.
This document describes the processes by which project proposals can be submitted and further advanced via this platform.
Outlined below are:
A. Factors to be considered in project facilitation.
B. The process for submitting project proposals by the global Internet community.
C. Potential modes of Initiative engagement on submitted proposals.
The NETmundial Initiative will provide a platform to catalyze practical cooperation between stakeholders to address Internet governance issues and advance the implementation of the NETmundial Principles and Roadmap. The Initiative’s primary aim is to elevate and foster global support for the bottom-up proposals submitted through the platform. In doing so, the Initiative will adhere to the NETmundial process Principles of openness and inclusiveness.
All proposals must, at a minimum:
i. Demonstrate alignment with the NETmundial Principles
ii. Articulate how activities relate to the mission and scope of the Initiative, as outlined in the ToR.
iii. Indicate that project authors are willing to engage in regular public reporting and updating.
The process for submitting community project proposals is intended to foster inclusive, effective, innovative engagement and participation. Projects may be submitted on the Platform at anytime.
To ensure a fully transparent and bottom-up process, the following steps for project submission will also be utilized:
All project requests and proposals will be acknowledged upon submission and reviewed by members of the Secretariat and Coordination Council within 30 days to ensure that the minimum requirements outlined above are met.
In order to:
--enable cooperation and collaboration between all stakeholders;
--increase visibility of proposals, including vis-à-vis potential funders;
--catalyze project support for developing country communities, governments and underserved stakeholders;
--and advance the implementation of the NETmundial Principles and Roadmap,
The Initiative may consider engagement in ways such as those listed below:
Any Council member with a relationship to a proposed project or a potential conflict of interest shall declare it.
A sub-group of Council will review the procedures outlined above, the functionality of the platform and responses to the public call for comment on this document. Based on this review they will make recommendations for improving the platform and further development of the procedures.