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.
COUNCIL MEMBERS’ REPRESENTATIVES
About the NETmundial Initiative
Enabled by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) 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.