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NETmundial Initiative Stanford Communiqué

For Immediate Release

31 March 2015

The Inaugural Coordination Council (“Council”) of the NETmundial Initiative (“Initiative”) - a diverse, cross-regional group consisting of 23 global stakeholders from civil society, government, the private sector, technical and academic community, and international entities - held a working meeting on 31 March 2015 at Stanford University in California, USA. The gathering served to discuss the Initiative's organization, role and activities.   

The group released a draft Terms of Reference (ToR) document for a public comment period from 1 April - 1 May 2015 (23:59 UTC). During this time, stakeholders, including Council members, will have the opportunity to provide input that will be considered before the final adoption of the text at the Council’s inaugural meeting. 

Carrying forward the cooperative spirit of NETmundial, the Initiative will aim 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. 

The group recognized all project proposals submitted through the Initiative’s platform to date, and had the opportunity to preview three of them, namely the NETmundial Solutions Map prototype, the Internet & Jurisdiction Project, and the Deliberative Poll on Internet Governance

The group also acknowledged the need to ensure that, as the Initiative develops further, it must adhere to the highest standards of transparency and inclusiveness, as well as expand its global reach. The group agreed to undertake a series of outreach and engagement efforts in various global fora leading up to the Council’s inaugural meeting. These efforts will aim to promote greater understanding and clarity about the Initiative’s organization, role and activities.       

We seek the input and involvement of the global Internet community to assist us in moving the Initiative forward.  



  • Jean-François Abramatic, Senior Scientist, Inria; W3C Fellow, France
  • Juan Cruz Gonzalez Allonca, National Director for Personal Data Protection; Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Argentina
  • Virgílio Almeida, Chair; Brazilian Internet Steering Committee/
  • Pablo Bello Arellano, Secretary General; Association of Latin American Telecom Operators
  • Joao Carlos Rebello Caribe, Policy Manager; Movimento Mega
  • 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 Media Change and Innovation Division of the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich (participated remotely)
  • Anriette EsterhuysenExecutive Director of the Association for Progressive Communications (participated remotely)
  • Marilia Maciel, Researcher and Coordinator; Getulio Vargas Foundation School of Law
  • MAEMURA Akinori, General Manager; Japan Network Information Center
  • Andile Ngcaba, Chairman and Founder; Convergence Partners
  • Ian Peter, Technology and Policy Strategist; Participating in Personal Capacity
  • Jim Poisant, Secretary General; The World Information Technology and Services Alliance 
  • Nii Quaynor, Professor; University of Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Richard Samans, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board; World Economic Forum
  • Christoph Steck, Director Public Policy & Internet; Telefonica
  • Jean-Jacques Subrenat, Member; European Regional At-Large Organization


  • Fiona Alexander, NTIA Associate Administrator, U.S. Department of Commerce; Representing U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker
  • Hongbing GAO, Vice President, Alibaba Group; Representing Jack Ma, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alibaba Group
  • Hartmut Glaser, Executive Secretary, Brazilian Internet Steering Committee/; Member of Virgilio Almeida’s Delegation
  • Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Advisor, European Commission; Representing Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market
  • Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, U.S. Department of Commerce; Representing U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker
  • Zhao Zeliang, Director General, Bureau of Cyber Security Cyberspace Administration of the People's Republic of China; Representing Lu Wei, Minister of Cyberspace Administration of the People's Republic of China
  • Juan Pablo Altmark, Data Protection Lawyer at the National Personal Data Protection Agency, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Argentina.


  • Wolfgang Kleinwächter, University of Aarhus, Special Ambassador of the NETmundial Initiative

About the NETmundial Initiative
Enabled by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee ( and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), in partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF), the NETmundial Initiative will promote greater coordination and cooperation among stakeholders, propelling the Internet as a shared, neutral, and global resource for human solidarity and economic progress.

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Diverse, global participation is a necessary component that embodies the NETmundial spirit and the multistakeholder, bottom-up approach endorsed as the way forward in improving the existing Internet governance framework. The global Internet community is invited to contribute proposals or ideas for distributed Internet governance. Contribute here.